Gerd is a Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Commonly known as heartburn or indigestion, this reflux affects the muscles between the stomach and the esophagus. Basically, it is the stomach returning the contents back up into the esophagus because the esophageal sphincter is too relaxed or too weak. This heartburn feels like a burning pain in the chest, which begins behind the breastbone, it moves up to the throat leaving a bitter acidic taste in the mouth. Many people suffer from Gerd at some point in their lives because of their lifestyle. Certain foods or drinks, alcohol, and smoking may lead to Gerd, as well as obesity and age. Changing your lifestyle and dietary habits will help greatly. You can also take an antacid that will clear the esophagus, but this is only a temporary relief.
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