Another Reason to Lose Weight: Acid Reflux Prevalent Among Overweight Individuals


Normally acid reflex or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is associated with too much intake of drinks or food that cause of acidity like soda, coffee and tea.  In some health reports, there are other deeper factors why an individual suffers acid reflux and heart burn, and one of the leading causes is being an overweight.

According to Mother Nature Network, acid reflux or GERD happens when acidic elements like those from food or pancreatic juices go up to esophagus from stomach. It can cause hoarseness, cough, asthma, nausea and others. But apart from irritations and inflammation, acid reflux also scars your esophagus. If it is not immediately and properly treated, it also causes heart burn or worse, esophageal cancer.

Preventing acid reflux is not hard to do, it just you need to exert effort to stay away from alcohol, cigarette smoking, and eating unhealthy food. On top of these, MNN also shared researches proving your risk of having GERD will be lower if you shed fat by 10%.  The Smart Living Network also has similar report that connects weight and GERD. They shared it’s because of the “abdominal pressure.”

stomach stocksnap 2“…with more recent field study, acid reflux has been directly linked to even the slightest gains in body weight. Even a person who is not considered overweight can still be prone to acid reflux after gaining a few pounds,” SLN reported.

Preventing acid reflux by means of having a proper diet and exercise is a win-win long term solution. In addition to this, GMA News shared that wearing tight-fit clothes and lying down after eating meal also cause the problem.

“Talk to your physician to determine the best treatment for your condition. Doctors usually prescribe antacids, H2 blockers or PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) to address heartburn related to GERD,” GMA shared.

Meanwhile, MNN also suggested drinking a cup of warm water and lemon juice especially in the morning or before eating anything else.  They added drinking aloe vera juice, as well as eating raw almonds and red apple also help to ease the pain.

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