Having your meals at home is an extremely healthy (not to mention financially sound) practice. However, there are times when you feel the need to take a break and head out to your favorite restaurant to indulge your taste buds. Pleasant as this might sound to most people, for those suffering from acid reflux, the decision to eat out isn't always so easy. They are persistently haunted by the fear that the symptoms of this condition will interfere with their dining experience and leave a bad taste in their mouth (sometimes almost literally).
There are six food groups that have the potential to create a variety of problems for people. These common allergenic foods include milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts/tree nuts and shellfish/fish. There are a variety of reactions to these foods, but heartburn and difficulty in swallowing are two very common ones in adults. Children are not the only ones who suffer with food allergies. We now know that food allergens play a major causative role in the majority of adults, especially those who suffer EoE, a kind of inflammation of the esophagus.
Don't they say ignorance is bliss? Well, not in this case. What you don't know could actually be killing you! You may already be familiar with acid reflux, which in itself can be quite a dangerous condition. Silent reflux takes it a step further by keeping the victim in the dark. With none of the usual outward manifestations of acid reflux (like indigestion or heartburn), silent reflux can go undetected for prolonged periods of time. The condition is also known as Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) because, in addition to the esophaghus, it also causes damage to the larynx and the pharynx - meaning your voice box and your throat.
Do you have a favorite flavor of chewing gum? Do you chew gum to freshen your breath, relieve tension or reduce hunger pangs? It's pretty difficult to get through the check-out aisle at any store without being tempted by the many different available brands of gum. Clearly, Americans love to chew, but did you know that while you are chomping away that you may also be relieving heartburn?
It is an accepted fact that people who smoke or use tobacco products are at a much higher risk of developing throat cancer. Frequent drinking also increases this risk. When the two are combined, the results are even more lethal. However, did you know that frequent heartburn also increases the risk of cancer of the throat and vocal chords? What makes this information strikingly different is that the group that it can equally affect our nondrinkers and nonsmokers according to a new study.
Although obesity is becoming an ever-increasing problem in America, nobody wants to be overweight. Carrying excess weight around wherever you go makes life more difficult and can be at the root of many health problems. For instance, there is a growing body of research that supports the premise that excess weight increases the risk of chronic heartburn and it's advanced cousin GERD.