There are over fifteen million Americans suffering from GERD, otherwise known as gastroesophageal reflux disease. It’s important to know what causes acid in the stomach in the first place if you want to treat it properly and have a chance of getting rid of this condition. Also, you may be surprised at the best way to treat this common condition!
What is GERD and What Causes It?
You may already be experiencing the common symptoms such as waking up at night feeling a sharp pain in your chest that doesn’t seem to go away until you get up and drink a little bit of water. You may be experiencing coughing or a choking feeling after a big lunch with your buddies at work. Some of you maybe trying to loosen your pants and you feel a little relief after a couple of minutes but the weird sensation keeps coming back relentlessly!
Acid reflux is one of the biggest enemies some of us have ever had, including yours truly, and I figured I would research this subject extensively so I could help cure myself and those of you who are suffering like I am!
So, what causes acid in the stomach? When your sphincter muscle at the bottom end of your esophagus (the muscular tube that goes from your throat to your stomach) becomes weak or too relaxed, it allows stomach acid to flow backwards into the esophagus. This is what causes all that discomfort including the dreaded heartburn as well as other symptoms including:
- pain in the chest
- acid backing up in your mouth and throat
- choking feeling
- hoarseness from acid irritating the vocal chords
- pain in the stomach are after meals
- sore throat due to continuous irritation
- trouble swallowing
Of course, it’s a no-brainer that if you are experiencing this condition and you want it to go away, you are going to have to make a major overhaul your lifestyle. You don’t think it’s going to go away on its own, do you?
Here are some of the foods you will need to avoid, at least for now:
- Tomato based foods
- Anything spicy
- Too much salt
- Coffee (this includes decaf)
- All sodas
- Fried and/or greasy foods
- All citrus fruits and juices
Last but not least, this is what causes acid in the stomach more than anything we all consume; alcohol! You may be saying, “Oh no, I can’t give up my glass of wine every night!” If this is you, it can be shocking to discover one short week later how much you have improved after eliminating this temporarily from your diet. Heck, you will probably lose a little weight in the process!
With that said, keep in mind everybody’s different and people suffer from GERD for different reasons. It’s a known fact that smoking can weaken that valve at the bottom of your esophagus leading to major acid reflux. If I am describing you, why not try those e-cigarettes without nicotine that every smoker on the planet seems to be talking about?
How Can You Treat Acid Reflux
If you seek medical treatment, you are definitely going to see improvement, at leas for a while. However, once you go back to your old habits, the acid reflux will be knocking on your front door once again saying, “Hey Knucklehead, I’m here again!” This has happened to me over and over again.
Personally, I have noticed a huge improvement after I stopped regularly drinking those rum and diet cokes on the weekend. Think about it; I was drinking at least 20 ounces of soda ( a no-no) and I was mixing it with the drink of death for acid reflux sufferers, which is alcohol! No wonder I couldn’t get rid of the problem. It was like having a miniature person inside my stomach lighting a match and extinguishing it on my stomach lining with every drink!
I also started to seriously cut back on my pasta foods such as the weekly spaghetti dinner or the delicious mouth-watering baked ziti I was eating every other week. Finally, I cut back on the coffee in a major way. I used to drink at least three cups of coffee throughout the day but now I limit myself to enjoying only one every morning and it’s decaf at that! This works for me!
Now that you know what cause acid in the stomach and you have an idea of how to get rid of the problem, why not start by eliminating some of these foods and liquids from your diet and taking notes. For example, if you are an alcohol drinker, try cutting back on that and eliminate the tomato-based foods for a week or so and see if it helps. If you can start making small changes while giving yourself time to adjust to your new lifestyle, you may be able to say goodbye to GERD or acid reflux forever!