Acid reflux, or acid indigestion as it is sometimes known, is when acid from the stomach creeps up in to the oesophagus. Initially, the main symptom is a burning feeling in the chest, usually just after eating. A sour taste in the mouth may also be experienced. However, if acid reflux becomes a frequent problem then other symptoms can result from further problems that can occur: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophagitis, Barrett’s oesophagus or strictures.
These symptoms might include:
- Throat soreness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Asthma or wheezing
- Eroding teeth or bad breath
- Pain or difficulties swallowing
The causes of acid reflux include poor diet and lifestyle choices, such as smoking, eating large meals, frequently ingesting caffeine or alcohol, or a diet that is low in fibre. Pregnancy can also be a cause.
The symptoms of acid reflux may be managed with over the counter medications; however, it is important to eradicate the main cause. Therefore, a consultation with a professional is advised as well as taking a comprehensive nutritional deficiencies test, since nutritional deficiencies always accompany digestive disorders.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of acid reflux, it is important to get a professional opinion. To find out more, such as which tests, supplements or approach is most appropriate, book your free 15 minutes pre-consultation here.