Acid reflux may be caused by a variety of factors. These include stomach abnormalities, pregnancy, smoking, being overweight or obese, and common acid reflux foods. Foods that are known to contribute to acid reflux include alcohol, carbonated beverages, chocolate, citrus fruits, fatty or fried foods, garlic and onions, and spicy foods containing chili or curry.
A recent study by Magnus Nilsson, MD, of Stockholm’s Karolinska Hospital suggests that alcohol may not be a cause of acid reflux. But that table salt may increase a person’s chances of acid reflux by 70%.
Acid reflux is when the acid from your stomach recedes back up your esophagus, causing a lot of pain and discomfort. This happens when the lower esophageal sphincter, where the stomach and the esophagus connect, stops working properly and is no longer able to keep the acid down. Doctors are not sure, however, why the lower esophageal sphincter stops working in the first place. But some common causes of acid reflux could be pregnancy, large meals, poor eating habits, bending forward, hernia, asthma, smoking, and alcohol.
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