There are many opinions out there about how to treat acid reflux. It can get confusing! Particularly confusing is the fact that what triggers one person’s reflux may not trigger yours. This Cheat Sheet breaks down the bulk of what you need to know so you can reduce your reflux.
[Last updated 29th May, 2018] Research indicates between 10-20% of individuals experience acid reflux every week. In fact, it’s one of the most common digestive disorders in the United States and Europe. Fortunately, several dietary changes are proven to help.
A faulty valve. The main cause of acid reflux disease is a problem with the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle. This muscle, which is the “valve” between the stomach and the esophagus, normally closes tightly after food has passed through to the stomach.
Lifestyle (obesity, smoking cigarettes, etc.), medication, diet, eating habits, and other medical conditions can cause acid reflux (GERD, heartburn). Read about 17 symptoms of acid reflux (GERD). Medications to treat acid reflux include proton pump inhibitors, coating agents, and promotility agents.