Current living 7 October, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can negatively affect productivity at work as well as the quality of life of those who suffer from it.
Also known as acid reflux, this condition occurs when gastric contents or acid-laden stomach fluid is returned to the esophagus or to the organs surrounding it, producing several painful symptoms or complications in this area of the body such as a burning sensation that rises from the stomach to the pharynx, regurgitating (the action of expelling through the mouth) undigested food from the esophagus or stomach without vomiting, nausea, a general ill feeling and difficulty sleeping.
Acid reflux can be triggered by obesity, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease, irritable bowel syndrome, coughing, gallbladder disease, sinusitis, chest discomfort and even mental conditions such as depression and anxiety. Likewise, women and smokers are the groups with the greatest possibility of developing the warning signs.
Some tips for preventing acid reflux include: developing simple habits such as not going to bed with a full stomach, reducing the portion size of meals, avoiding tobacco and alcoholic beverages, keeping a journal of the foods that could be causing acid reflux (to later reduced them in your diet), and keeping an exercise routine to avoid becoming overweight.
As Dr. María Fernanda Vargas, recommends, “Antacids can help as they are a good therapeutic option for treating the discomfort of the symptoms of gastric reflux. Some of these can be accessed easily, provide immediate action, are safe to use, their effect is brief, and they relieve symptoms related to gastritis and other gastrointestinal disorders such as gastric ulcers and acid reflux, among others.”
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