Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition affecting 1 out of every 5 people, with a burning discomfort and a series of health implications. As GERD Awareness Week approaches, it's essential to understand what GERD entails, its risk factors, and how solutions like RefluxRaft can help GERD sufferers.
What is GERD?
GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is a persistent condition where stomach contents frequently flow back into the esophagus, the tube connecting the stomach and the throat . This backward flow, called reflux, can irritate the lining of the esophagus, causing a myriad of symptoms ranging from a burning sensation in the chest (classic heartburn) to regurgitation of food or sour liquid. If left untreated, GERD can lead to more severe health problems, including esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus, and even esophageal cancer.
According to the American College of Gastroenterology, more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and about 15 million Americans suffer from it daily. While occasional acid reflux is common and can happen to anyone, frequent acid reflux can indicate GERD.
Unfortunately, many underdiagnose or neglect this condition, leading to a decrease in the quality of life and potential long-term health issues.
Risk Factors for GERD
There's a multitude of reasons why someone might develop GERD. GERD can result from two separate conditions: (1) overproduction of stomach acid and (2) a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the main barrier to preventing the backflow of stomach contents.
Recognizing the risk factors for this condition can be the first step in understanding and managing the condition. Here are some of the most common:
- Obesity: Excess belly fat can put undue pressure on the stomach, causing the reflux of acid into the esophagus.
- Hiatal Hernia: This condition, where the upper part of the stomach pushes up into the chest through a small opening in the diaphragm, can lead to constant GERD symptoms.
- Pregnancy: Elevated hormone levels during pregnancy can cause the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to relax, leading to increased acid reflux, especially in the later stages. Also, as the baby grows pressure on the stomach pushes the contents of the stomach backwards creating reflux.
- Smoking: Nicotine is known to weaken the LES and stimulate acid production, while the reduced saliva production in smokers prevents the body’s natural ability to neutralize the acid.
Medications: Some medications, including certain anti-inflammatory drugs, blood pressure medications, and aspirin, can exacerbate GERD symptoms.
Introducing RefluxRaft – A Game-Changer for GERD Sufferers
RefluxRaft is a natural acid reflux supplement that uses alginate therapy to stop reflux in its tracks. Enhanced Alginate Therapy is a breakthrough area in providing immediate relief from acid reflux. It works by creating a raft that sits on top of stomach contents, coating the upper stomach and lower esophagus with a soothing gel that prevents digestive acid and enzymes from moving up the esophagus.
The long-lasting gel uses kelp extract and other natural ingredients to coat the stomach and the esophagus with a protective layer so you can enjoy meals without experiencing GERD symptoms.
We hope you can enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving meal, with fewer GERD symptoms and more good times with family and friends.
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