Smoking: A Culprit in the World of Reflux

In the past two decades, a lot of research has come out about tobacco use—and the news hasn’t been good for tobacco companies. Whereas once smoking appeared to be a harmless pastime, something that just about everyone did, inside and outdoors, that isn’t the game anymore. Tobacco use continues to decline across the United States, but there are still a lot of people out there who smoke at least somewhat regularly. By the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease and Control, about 18% of US adults use tobacco products in some form or another. [Read more]

For Acid Reflux, Put the Soda Down

Soda is hands-down one of the most popular drinks in the United States. This can be proven on the number of sales alone. Based on national sale data, there is enough soda sold annually for every adult to drink a full 45 gallons of soda per year. There are aquariums sold that are smaller than that! But when you stop and think about it, there is really no wonder as to why soda is such a major drink in our diets. The beverage is filled with sugar, and most of our favorite sodas pack enough caffeine to help us power through a busy afternoon at work. [Read more]

Tobacco Use and GERD

Tobacco use may cause acid reflux and symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a medical condition that may cause an uncomfortable burning sensation beneath the breastbone and may even cause long-lasting tissue damage. [Read more]

GERD Food Triggers

Heartburn occurs when acid from the stomach flows back up into the esophagus through the lower esophageal sphincter muscle. In some cases, this occurs because the individual’s sphincter is weak. In other cases, problematic foods may have caused the sphincter to relax, allowing acid to flow through. People who experience heartburn frequently may be diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. [Read more]

Identifying Foods that Trigger Your Heartburn

Each person who suffers from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has specific trigger foods that are more likely to cause acid reflux and heartburn. By finding your own trigger foods, you can make it easier to avoid GERD symptoms at every meal and remain free of heartburn. [Read more]

Avoiding Hidden Acid in Food

Sometimes, acid reflux triggers are obvious. Oranges, chocolate, coffee—these are well-known problem foods for heartburn sufferers, and if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may already working hard to avoid them. But there are some foods that are much less overt about their acid-boosting properties. [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]

Obesity’s Effect on Heartburn

Being overweight significantly increases your risk of developing frequent heartburn and acid reflux. The burning sensation that develops when digestive juices from the stomach irritate the lining of the esophagus is frequently an unwelcome reminder of the health consequences associated with excess weight. [Read more]

Heartburn Comes in a Shot Glass

If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), then you know that certain foods can trigger heartburn and acid reflux. Foods that are particularly heavy and high in fat can leave you with a stinging, burning sensation in your chest for hours. However, some people will experience these unfortunate symptoms without taking a single bite. [Read more]

Vinegar: A Bad Choice for Acid Reflux

When it comes to acid reflux, there are many so-called “remedies.” Because gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a persistent problem with many different causes, you may have tried a hundred at-home solutions to rid yourself of acid reflux in Albany or Macon. Unfortunately, heartburn “cures” like apple cider vinegar are scientifically-faulty—though many people use vinegar in an attempt to find quick reflux relief, it often has the opposite effect. [Read more]