Who cansuffer from acid reflux?
Anybodycan. Acid reflux disease is usually associated with the obese people, orpeople with bad eating habits and people who eat the wrong kind of foods.Until some years ago, risk group were mainly adults, but in recentyears even the adolescents and kids may suffer from GERD. Inother words no one is safe. Actually, it is more than likely thateverybody will suffer from an occasional acid reflux.
Whatcauses acid reflux
Ingeneral, acid reflux is caused by the poor functioning of the loweresophageal sphincter muscle. This muscle acts like a valve that shutsthe end of the esophagus. The esophagus is a tube that connects thestomach and the mouth, and its lower end is attached to the stomach.Main part of food digestion begins in the stomach, where foodreceives an acid bath that will turn it into a pulp and prepare itfor chemical breakdown in the intestines. This acid comes from thestomach, its cells secrete it. Of course, the stomach lining is notsensitive to acid.
If thelower esophageal muscle is weak or opened at a wrong time, someacidic content from the stomach will manage to reflux in theesophagus. Acid then burns its lining, causing pain and discomfort,and eventually leading to other problems.
What is tobe done about it?
None of itwould have happened if that sphincter worked as it should. The badnews is, we can't just make it behave. It also seems likely that thesphincter weakens as we grow older. Basically, we cannot do anythingabout the sphincter. But it is known that certain types of food, someeating habits and some everyday actions cause the stomach content toreflux in the esophagus more readily.
General advice is to avoidfoods that are known to cause GERD, but we might add that you shouldavoid food that causes GERD in you. In example, some foods that breakall hell loose in someone you know might not affect you at all. Also,staying clear of citrus fruits can affect your intake of vitamin C.The point is that you should not generalize. A good idea would be tomake your own “this makes me reflux” list, where you will notewhat foods bother you, how much, and under what circumstances.
Youcan adjust your diet and eating habits accordingly. We will assist youfurther by mentioning some foods that are safe to eat. These includeapples, melons, berries, bananas, pears and peaches, low-fat breadsand grains, protein from meat, green vegetables and legumes, low-fatsweets and desserts and natural, unprocessed beverages.