There aren’t many Americans unfamiliar with the sensation of acid reflux. It’s one of the top Internet search queries in the health field, but few people suffering from acid reflux understand why it happens or how it can be prevented. Here is what you should know!
The Basic Facts About Acid Reflux
Acid reflux occurs when some of the acid sitting in the stomach flows into the esophagus, a part of the throat responsible for moving food from the mouth to the stomach. This acid is strong because it is meant to digest food and protect against bacteria, and only the stomach has the proper lining to deal with the acid comfortably. So when the ring of muscle called the gastroesophageal sphincter temporarily fails to do its job of separating the esophagus and the stomach, the stomach acid can flow upward and cause the uncomfortable heartburn so many people know (and hate). Read More