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Post to the Thread      Posted on 08/22/2013 12:59:41 From:
Hi Anonymous,
GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease or "acid reflux" is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. "Gastroesophageal" refers to the stomach and esophagus. "Reflux" means to flow back or return. Therefore, gastroesophageal reflux is the return of the stomach's contents back up into the esophagus. In normal digestion, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens to allow food to pass into the stomach and closes to prevent food and acidic stomach juices from flowing back into the esophagus. Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the LES is weak or relaxes inappropriately, allowing the stomach's contents to flow up into the esophagus. Common symptoms are heartburn and acid indigestion. Dietary and lifestyle change as well as some medications may often help manage symptoms. Some foods that may cause symptoms are fried foods, spicy foods, high acid fruits and vegetables (ie: tomatoes and tomato sauce, oranges, lemons), chocolate, coffee, peppermint and wine. These should be avoided if they cause symptoms For more information check out info on GERD at the Mayo Clinic website: http://mayocl.in/135tCS


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