Beyond Food: Other Causes of Heartburn and GERD

Heartburn and acid reflux is often blamed on eating foods like coffee, soda, tomatoes, alcohol, and chocolate, but there may be other factors that contribute to frequent heartburn. Find out what changes you can make besides avoiding specific foods to help prevent heartburn. [Read more]

Unexpected Triggers of Acid Reflux

If you suffer from acid reflux, you’ve probably started to compile a list of all the things that cause your symptoms. [Read more]

That’s not an Allergy, its Acid Reflux

Did you know that an estimated 30% of Americans believe they have a food allergy, when in fact only 4% of the U.S population are legitimately allergic or intolerant to certain foods. [Read more]

10 Diet Tips to Avoid Heartburn

Here are 10 simple tips that you can follow to avoid heartburn. [Read more]

Acid Reflux FAQ

Acid Reflux is an uncomfortable and even painful burning sensation that creeps up your esophagus and into your throat. [Read more]

Health Conditions that lead to GERD

Do you suffer from frequent bouts of heartburn? You may have a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD. [Read more]

Genes Linked to Esophageal Disease

Scientists have recently discovered three key genes that have been linked to esophageal diseases. The scientists found that the three genes, ASCC1 , CTHRC1 and MSR1, are much more likely to have mutations in people that have esophageal cancer or Barrett esophagus, which is a precursor to esophageal cancer. The scientists looked at 116 cases of patients suffering from some form of esophageal disease. Of those 116 cases, 11 percent were found to have a mutation in at least one of the three genes. [Read more]

Hernias may cause GERD

A hiatal hernia is commonly caused by weak tissues and muscles surrounding the diaphragm, causing part of the stomach to slide into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, called the hiatus. The majority of people that have a hiatal hernia do not experience any symptoms. However heartburn can often be an indication of a hiatal hernia, especially if the pain occurs after eating or at night in bed. [Read more]

Acid Reflux Possibly an Immune Issue

Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD may be the result of cells of the immune systems causing esophagus inflammation, according to a recent study. It’s long been understood that GERD is a direct result of digestive, acidic juices reaching the esophagus and burning it. However, this new study, conducted by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers suggests that there may be other causes, as well. [Read more]

Weak Esophageal Muscles May Cause GERD

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, affects as much as 35% of the U.S. population. GERD sufferers may often experience acid reflux and heartburn symptoms two or more times a week if left untreated. Over the counter antacids and prescription medications, including proton pump inhibitors, work to neutralize or decrease the stomach acid that refluxes into the esophagus and causes heartburn pain. [Read more]