There are about 4.5 per 1000 persons in the United Kingdom and 5.4 per 1000 persons in the United States who are affected by reflux. It occurs when the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach malfunctions. Acid reflux can happen to everyone and anyone even infants.
There are different causes of reflux: eating acidic foods such as citrus, pineapple, garlic, tomatoes, beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and etc. (search the internet for the lists of acidic foods); carbonated drinks, alcoholic beverages, coffee or tea; sleeping after eating a large meal; eating before bed time; smoking; wearing tight fitting shirts or blouses; obesity or being over weight. In some cases, acid reflux can be cause by a serious medical condition called Gastroesophageal disease, also known as GERD.
These causes can be prevented through; life style modification- lessen or avoid the in take of foods that are rich in acid, stop smoking, and stop drinking; medications- consult your doctor for the right prescriptions; in worst cases, surgery is an option.
Acid reflux is a medical condition that can be treated if diagnosed early. When you experience acid reflux symptoms, consult your doctor immediately. Do not wait for the condition to worsen.