Acid reflux, also known as GERD, is a chronic condition that causes ongoing pain and burning in the chest and throat. It is estimated more than 60 million of Americans suffer from acid reflux at least once a month; that is 44% of the U.S adult population.
Acid reflux problems are a warning sign from the body that lifestyle changes are in order. While sporadic bouts of heartburn aren't really anything to worry about, a persistent problem that has overcome your ability to enjoy mealtimes, or sleep, is something that should be looked at immediately. Untreated acid reflux can lead to maladies such as narrowing of the esophagus, ulcers and in some cases, cancer of the esophagus. Heartburn occurs when the contents of the stomach are moved upwards into the esophagus; bile from the stomach is what causes the burning sensation. Luckily, people who suffer from acid reflux and its resulting complications can keep these at bay by taking the medication prescribed by their doctors and by make lifestyle changes such as the ones illustrated below:
Clothes that are too tight are not only extremely uncomfortable, but also can aggravate the symptoms of acid reflux. It seems that dressing for comfort may just be the smartest thing that you will ever do. Not only is it nice to be comfy in your clothes, but when tight clothing causes your acid reflux to act up, removing those tight garments, no matter how flashy they may be, is the first thing that you want to do.
There are a growing number of people in the United States who suffer from occasional heartburn. However, when heartburn becomes a regular occurrence, it may be time to pay a visit to your doctor. GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common condition that affects approximately 20% of the population.