The Truth About Acid Reflux
One of the health issues that people take for granted today is having an acidic body.
People usually ignore frequent burping, but what they don’t know that burping frequent could be a sign of having an acidic body PH.
According to The American College of Gastroenterology, over 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a month, and at least 15 million suffers it daily. Heartburn is just one of the most common symptoms of acid reflux.
What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux happens when stomach acid flows back up into the food pipe which creates a burning pain in the lower chest area mostly known as heartburn.
Anyone can experience the symptoms of acid reflux, even children, and pregnant women.
According to a research study published in April 2016, in the Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, women tend to suffer more from acid reflux compared to men.
What are the symptoms of Acid Reflux?
Aside from heartburn, there are actually many other symptoms of acid reflux. Most of the symptoms are experienced by many that they sometimes thought that what they’re experiencing is a natural occurrence of their body when the truth is it’s already giving them signs.
Here are the common symptoms of acid reflux:
- Bloody or black stools or bloody vomiting.
- Dysphagia (a narrowing of your esophagus, which creates the sensation of food being stuck in your throat.)
- Hiccups that don’t let up.
- Weight loss for no known reason.
Is Acid Reflux dangerous for the body?
The answer is yes, if left untreated. The truth is, if constant acid reflux is left untreated for years, it can be deadly. It will develop into a condition called as Barrett’s esophagus— an esophageal cancer that means precancerous changes in cells.
That’s why whenever you feel like you are experiencing acid reflux, don’t just ignore it. You must visit your doctor and have it checked as soon as possible.