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How to naturally tackle Acid Reflux

Written by: Kayleigh Stannard | March 25, 2024

Acid reflux, also known as heartburn and sometimes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD), is a common digestive disorder characterised by the regurgitation of stomach acid into the oesophagus. In 2019, 783.95 million cases were recorded globally! ( 1 ). Symptoms of acid reflux are common, but are not normal and it is important that symptoms are not ignored, to prevent any long term complications.

Written by Kayleigh Stannard, Registered Nutritional Therapist specialising in Gut Health & Digestion

Stomach acid (Hydrochloric acid or HCL), as the name precludes, is a highly acidic environment and plays a significant role in the digestive process. It helps breakdown food, plays a key role in nutrient extraction such as B12, magnesium and iron.  (7) . It impacts the movement of food through the digestive system, it influences the secretions of other digestive juices. In addition, stomach acid acts as a defence mechanism against ingested pathogens, such as bacteria, helping prevent infections and food borne illnesses (12). 

Acid reflux occurs when the lower oesophageal sphincter, that acts as a gate keeper between the oesophagus (food pipe) and the stomach, relaxes abnormally or weakens, allowing stomach acid to flow back into the oesophagus. Acid reflux can affect individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly and all sexes (1)

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