What Causes Acid Reflux?

Thu, Jun 14, 2012

Weight Loss, Health & Fitness

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Acid reflux also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)

Occurs when the liquids in the stomach back up into the esophagus and unfortunately once you suffer from this condition it normally persists throughout an individuals lifetime meaning they have to learn how to cope and manage it.  Due to the back up of acid into the esophagus, the esophagus can become damaged.

Acid Reflux (GERD) Can Have Many Causes

The action of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) may be one cause.  The esophagus connects to the stomach.  There is a muscle ring that goes around the end of the esophagus at the point where it meets the stomach.  This is the LES.  When we eat or drink the LES allows the food to pass into the stomach and then the muscle ring closes so the food does not reflux.  People with acid reflux (GERD) may have abnormalities with their LES.  The LES may have a weak contraction so there is a very good chance of reflux.  Or the LES may be too relaxed.  The longer the LES is open (relaxed) reflux can easily occur.

Other Causes Of Acid Reflux (GERD) Can Be …

Some people with acid reflux may possibly have hiatal hernias although this is not a pre-requisite for it but invariably a significant amount of people with acid reflux DO have hiatal hernias.  A hiatal hernia disrupts the location of the LES.  The LES should be on a level with the diaphragm but due to the hiatal hernia the LES is pushed up and lies in the chest.  This is a problem because the diaphragm is a large part of helping the LES to prevent reflux.  Now the pressure of both the LES and diaphragm are not working as a strong unit.  The hiatal hernia contributes to the reflux because of the decreased pressure.

Acid reflux can also be caused by a hiatal hernia due to the hernial sac.  The location of the sac is near the
esophagus. Acid gets trapped in the sac.  Because the sac is so close to the esophagus, when the LES relaxes, it is easy to reflux.

The hiatal hernia can lead to acid reflux in a third way.  Normally the esophagus connects to the stomach at an angle creating a flap of tissue.  The hiatal hernia leads to the flap becoming warped and is therefore  useless to stop reflux.

People with acid reflux have a problem with the contraction of the esophageal muscles when they
swallow.  This is an issue because the contraction pushes all of the items in the esophagus into the stomach.  If there is not a good contraction then the acid does not get pushed back and remains in the esophagus.  Smoking disturbs the clearing of the esophagus aswell.  It takes about six hours from the last cigarette you smoke for the effect on the esophagus to wear off.

Acid reflux is most common after meals.  It is always better to be vertical so gravity can help the acid move down into the stomach.  Large meals are not recommended for people with acid reflux.

There are many different reasons why people may suffer with acid reflux. and learning the cause may help in your quest to relieve some of the discomfort that acid reflux brings with it.  Herbalife’s Herbal Aloe Concentrate drink which comes in two flavours, original and the delicious mango will not cure acid reflux but has been known to help soothe the symptoms.

Lindsey’s Testimonial

“The aloe is definitely the best thing for reflux and acid. It’s so sore when you get it, I would take anything to make it go away! I used to take Omeprazole for gastric reflux and acid, until I started taking Aloe (which
I love) and since taking it, I don’t take Omeprazole anymore.”

For further information on Herbalife’s original or mango flavoured Aloe Concentrate drinks please click here or call Rachel Moore at Weight Loss – Made Simple on 01423 529 708 | Kent Road, Harrogate, HG1 2NH

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2 Responses to “What Causes Acid Reflux?”

  1. William O'Toole Says:

    Hi Rachel

    Great read! One of my kids has g.e.r.d. It is far from pleasant. But trying to administer a gel or tablets is harder than it seems possible. He is getting better week by week.



    • Rachel Says:

      Hi William I’m glad you found it interesting it’s something that people don’t realise is as horrible as it is but I guess you’re probably better versed on the pain and discomfort that it brings than I am. Thanks for your comments.


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