More than 60 million Americans experience acid reflux at least once a month, according to the Mayo Clinic.
A common medical condition that occurs when stomach acid flows into the esophagus, throat and mouth, acid reflux often causes the symptom known as heartburn.
“After digesting a meal, a muscular, valve-like ring located between the stomach and esophagus opens to allow food into the stomach. When this valve does not close properly or loses muscle tone, acid starts to creep up into the esophagus,” says Dr. Diana Milling, a naturopath at Advanced Integrative Medicine in Lone Tree.
When heartburn occurs more than twice a week for an extended period of time, you may be suffering from the more serious GERD, says Milling. A chronic form of acid reflux, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as GERD, may be treated with medication, or in some cases, surgery.
Certain medications, conditions and lifestyle choices can predispose people to the painful, burning sensation often felt in the middle of the chest. But, how can we prevent it?