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As Americans, we are blessed beyond measure. Most of us may never realize just how blessed we are when it comes to having access to food and water. Although a blessing, over indulgence often becomes problematic, especially for those suffering from acid reflux.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is essentially when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. In some cases, one may even taste the bitter acid taste in the mouth. Eating until one is overly full will add pressure on the esophageal sphincter, also known as the esophageal valve. This pressure results in increased reflux or backup. To help aid in lessening the affects of GERD, one should rest with the head of bed elevated 30 degrees and avoid eating two hours prior to bedtime. If you are experiencing symptoms of GERD such as bitter acid in your mouth after over indulgence, frequent heartburn, hoarseness, a lingering dry cough, or especially difficulty in swallowing, you should seek professional help from the healthcare provider that knows you best. Often times, it may be more than just over indulgence. You may have a hiatal hernia, a narrowed esophageal sphincter, a bacterial infection known as H Pylori, or gastric ulcers. Many times, to ascertain the cause, one may need an upper endoscopy.
As Americans during this Christmas season, consider your health as one of, if not the, greatest blessing of them all.