Hyperacidity and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Almost everyone experiences heartburn occasionally. Heartburn or ‘reflux‘ occurs when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus, causing an uncomfortable burning sensation behind the breastbone.
Symptoms of heartburn are usually caused by the disorder gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In normal digestion, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) at the bottom of the esophagus opens to allow food to pass into the stomach, and then closes to prevent acid and stomach contents from flowing backwards into the esophagus.
GERD occurs when the LES is weak or transiently relaxes inappropriately, allowing stomach acid to flow up into the esophagus.
The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn. However, reflux can also lead to other ‘extra-esophageal’ symptoms such as wheezing or cough.
In the throat, the acid can also damage the vocal cords and cause hoarseness. Chronic severe reflux can potentially lead to erosion of the teeth enamel.
If chronic GERD is left untreated, over time the acid reflux can cause inflammation of the delicate lining of the esophagus, resulting in ulcers, bleeding and/or scar tissue.
This scar tissue (peptic stricture) can lead to swallowing difficulties in which individuals complain that food gets stuck when they eat.
In some individuals with chronic reflux, the healthy cells in the esophagus are replaced with abnormal cells, a condition known as Barrett’s esophagus which can go on to develop cancer of the esophagus.
To prevent this from happening, take Sante Pure Barley. It is highly alkaline which reduces the acidity levels in our body. The presence of Arginine and chlorophyll makes the healing of wounds and damaged tissues in the stomach faster.
Due to the organic sodium present, it facilitates the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach which helps in the digestion and neutralizes hyperacidity.
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