Reflux, because it comes?
Reflux gastroesophageal occurs when gastric juices come in contact with the wall of the esophagus, causing burning behind the sternum and rising acid from the stomach.
This occurs mostly after eating but if the episodes continue in other circumstances, or are longer, it will be a real disease.
The symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux are: retrosternal burning, that is, behind the chest, and acid regurgitation in the mouth.
But why does reflux come?
The causes of gastroesophageal reflux are mainly related to incorrect lifestyles and eating habits such as:
- intake of fatty and fried foods
- lying down after eating large meals
- excessive use of alcoholic beverages
- situations of intense emotional stress
- taking certain medications (painkillers, antihistamines, calcium channel blockers and others)
It can also be caused by anatomical or functional factors such as:
- incomplete closure of the esophageal sphincter
- hiatal hernia
- excessive gastric secretion
- Prolonged stagnation of food in the stomach
So you can prevent reflux by changing your lifestyle, diet and how you eat, avoiding bad habits.
For example, keeping weight under control, preferring a balanced diet by avoiding fatty foods (such as chocolate, mint, coffee, alcohol, tomatoes, citrus fruits, fried foods), not going to bed immediately after eating, not smoking, not drinking carbonated or alcoholic beverages, avoiding stressful situations and taking certain medications (unless strictly necessary), and so on.
In addition, there are a number of foods that are instead recommended to be consumed specifically for those suffering from this disorder such.