Can yoga cure Gerd, heal gastritis and acidity, or relieve heartburn? These poses help reduce the symptoms of GERD.
What is GERD?
When that acid touches your esophagus (or what feels like your throat), it can cause a burning feeling in your chest or neck, known as heartburn.
Gastroesophageal reflux, GERD or just reflux, happens when what is inside your stomach — stomach acid, food or other contents — backs up out of the stomach into the esophagus (the tube that links your mouth and stomach) and possibly all the way into your throat and mouth.
Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD.
Most of us will have occasional heartburn, but when your symptoms are frequent and bad
enough to impact your sense of well-being, it could be GERD.
While GERD is not a real life-threatening condition, it can greatly lower your quality of life by impacting your daily activities, your sleep, and what you are able to eat.
Heartburn can often be avoided by changing certain habits (like when, how much, and what
you eat and drink). Occasional heartburn can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC)
If symptoms don’t go away or get worse after a few weeks, talk to a gastroenterologist. You may
need some tests to rule out other health issues.
Note: Heartburn is not the same as dyspepsia (indigestion).
What are the symptoms of GERD?
Each person may not feel GERD in the same way.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of GERD
- Heartburn – a burning pain behind the chest that may move up toward the neck. It can be
worse when you are lying down or bending over. Often happens after you eat.
- Feeling like food is coming back up into your mouth, maybe with a bitter taste.
- Sore throat that won’t go away.
- Hoarseness (scratchy-sounding voice).
- Cough that won’t go away.
- A sore or burning throat that won’t go away.
- Feeling like there is a lump in your throat.
- Frequent burping.
- Throwing up.
- Indigestion (feeling sick after eating)
- Struggling to swallow
- The feeling of food being stuck in the esophagus
- Regurgitation – food coming back up the throat after being swallowed
- General chest pain
- Excessive saliva in the mouth
- A sour, acidic taste in the mouth
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