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To understand Heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), it is first necessary to understand what causes it. Normally a band or ring of muscle around the bottom of your esophagus (lower esophageal sphincter or LES) acts as a valve that relaxes to allow food and liquid into your stomach. Then the muscle tightens again to keep it from flowing back up (Acid Reflux). Occasional reflux can is considered normal however, when it becomes persistent (GERD) it can lead to very serious problems.

 

Contrary to popular believe Acid Reflux is NOT a condition caused by “making too much stomach acid”. It is a problem with the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a bundle of muscles at the low end of the esophagus, where it meets the stomach. When the LES is closed, it prevents acid and stomach contents from traveling backwards from the stomach. The LES muscles are not under voluntary control. Proper functioning of the LES is interrelated in a complex fashion and includes the autonomic nervous system, hormones, and circular smooth muscles. Interference with any part of this complex can result in acid reflux

While many “Acid Reflux Medications” can be helpful in reducing the symptoms, they do not address the actual cause. They are a band aid. In fact, chronic use of these medication can cause other issues of their own including interference with the absorption of several important nutrients. There are several factors than can disrupt the proper functioning of the LES. Most often, once these are addressed the symptoms subside and the GERD goes away. Some of these factors include:

  • Your diet –
  • Chronic Infection –
  • Dysbiosis –
  • Being Overweight or Obese –
  • Hiatal Hernia –
  • Chronic Stress –
  • Prescriptions and Over the Counter Medications
  • Neurological Disorders or Imbalances –
  • Toxic Burdens
  • Lack of Physical Activity or Exercise