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GERD / Acid Reflux

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) / Acid Reflux

GERD (acid reflux) is commonly thought to be caused by too much stomach acid. While this can be the case, it is unlikely the root cause of reflux for most people. GERD is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).  When the LES is working properly, it relaxes and opens when you swallow. Then it tightens and closes again afterwards. Acid reflux happens when your LES doesn’t tighten or close properly which can be caused by nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, low digestive juices and more.  When you work to find the root causes of your GERD, often times you can prevent or work to get off medications. 

Common Symptoms of GERD / Acid Reflux:

  • Burning sensation in throat or chest
  • Often waking up with a sore or hoarse throat
  • Sour or bitter taste in back of mouth
  • Regurgitating food or liquids
  • Chronic cough
  • Difficulty swallowing 
If you have acid reflux (heartburn) 2x/week or more, you may have GERD. Left untreated, GERD can have serious complications.

Common Causes of GERD / Acid Reflux:

Finding the root cause of your reflux can help prevent the need for medications or allow you to taper off.

Common Treatments for GERD / Acid Reflux:

Simple changes to diet and lifestyle may be all it takes for you to live without reflux and heartburn! Start narrowing down your root causes by taking the free digestive health quiz below. 

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