Today more and more people are diagnosed with digestive ailments due to stress and lifestyle habits. Alcohol, chemicals, poor diet, processed foods, pollution and plain old stress bring on these unpleasant illnesses. Take a look at the 10 most common digestive ailments. If you find one fits your symptoms see your doctor for confirmation.
GERD stands for Gastroesophageal reflux disease which is a disease where the acid in your stomach seeps into your esophagus causing a burning sensation. Normally the lower esophageal sphincter opens to allow food to pass into the stomach and closes to prevent acid from flowing back up. Some things that may cause GERD are pregnancy, obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, eating fatty foods and coffee. Treatment for GERD includes dietary factors like removing Chocolate, coffee, peppermint, fried and fatty foods, alcohol, citrus, tomato and pepper. Losing weight and eating smaller portions also alleviates symptoms. Your doctor may also recommend a prescription or antacid if the situation warrants it. Severe cases may require surgery.
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