Increased acidity within the body is a cause of heartburn. For most people, heartburn is an occasional occurrence. However, if you experience heartburn more than once a week, you might have undiagnosed gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. The American Geriatrics Society explains that this condition is prompted by the inability of the esophagus to close properly when the stomach is digesting food, resulting in a back-up of stomach acid.
GERD does not cause changes in weight, but losing weight can help prevent the occurrence of heartburn.
The stomach digests food that you eat with the help of enzymes and acids. When extra pressure is placed on the organs due to extra body weight or consumption of acidic foods, the valve of the esophagus does not close properly.
As a result, acid flows back up through the esophagus, causing an unpleasant burning sensation. Repeated occurrences break down the esophagus, a symptom of GERD.
Effects of Weight
Being overweight increases your chance of heartburn and of developing GERD. Medical News Today says that even increasing your weight without being medically considered overweight increases the odds of GERD.
By achieving a healthy weight, less pressure is placed on the esophagus. Over time, you will experience less heartburn. Weight fluctuations worsen esophageal pressure. Therefore, it is important to consider a long-term weight loss plan that will help you avoid yo-yo dieting. Follow the Manna Weight Loss program as described in the free e-book.
The first step in preventing heartburn and maintaining a healthy weight is to avoid certain foods. Limit your consumption of coffee, alcohol, sweets and foods with tomato sauces. According to EveryDiet.org, your doctor might recommend an alkaline diet, which focuses on eating foods that help balance the acidity of certain foods.
Examples of foods that have an alkaline effect includes herbal teas, soy products, fresh fruits, green vegetables, cauliflower, nuts, onions, garlic and carrots. You can also download the free Acid/Alkaline e-book from the Manna website.
GERD is not only an inconvenience in terms of increased acidity in the body and resulting heartburn. The condition can lead to esophageal cancer if left untreated. By avoiding certain foods, you will inevitably lose weight and increase your overall health.
Weight loss accompanied by GERD may indicate another underlying health condition. Tell your doctor if you experience unintentional weight loss.
According to the American Geriatrics Society, some non-heartburn medications are to blame for the increased levels of acid in the body. As GERD prevents the digestion of food, it can also prevent your body from absorbing medication properly.
Natural Supplement to counteract acid buildup
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