Trying to find the cause of your acid reflux is something that is easier said than done.
First let me say this, no one really knows why one person develops acid reflux and the next person doesn’t. There are things known to cause it or make it worse in some people. All of our bodies are unique in the fact that our body chemistry is slightly different from the next person. Add to that genetic factors, your environment (what are you exposed to everyday that someone else isn’t), and the foods you eat and you can begin to see why treating illness is such an individual thing. We’ve all seen how one person will swear by some remedy, but when you try it, it doesn’t do a thing for you.
This is why there can never be magic pills or remedies that will work for every person 100% of the time. Anyone telling you this either doesn’t know the facts or is just trying to get your money.
Now let’s look at some things that are known to cause or contribute to acid reflux problems:
H. pylori(Helicobacter pylori)
This is the bacteria that can survive and grow in the highly acidic environment of the stomach. If you are having acid reflux related problems or other digestive trouble this is a good place to start. Go to your doctor and get a simple test to find out if you have this. The test is usually just a blood test or now there is even a new breath test that can detect antibodies to determine if an infection is present.
If it is determined that you have it, the treatment mainly consists of antibiotics. You go through the treatment and get retested in 8 weeks or so.
The following is from the book Healthy Digestion the Natural Way: Preventing and Healing Heartburn, Constipation, Gas, Diarrhea, Inflammatory Bowel and Gallbladder Diseases, Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and More:
First, infection causes inflammation of the stomach. If the infection continues, it can lead to ulcers and possibly several forms of stomach cancer. By age 60, as many as 60% of people have this infection. Studies have shown that 40 to 70% of people with ulcers are infected, 95% of people with small intestinal ulcers are infected with this bug, and that perhaps almost half the people with other gastrointestinal problems may have this bug.
The esophagus passes through the diaphragm (the internal organs are in the diaphragm), the LES valve valve and into the stomach. When a portion of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm and into the chest it is called a hiatal hernia (or sometimes a hiatus hernia). A hiatal hernia can cause GERD or acid reflux. Follow this link for more hiatal hernia info.
Chocolate, caffeine (coffee, sodas), peppermint, spicy foods and fried or fatty foods.
A drink or two is probably okay, but more than that is bad.
Smoking weakens the LES.
Slouching is no good.
Obesity is at epidemic levels in our society as is acid reflux. Many people are overweight from eating too much and eating too much of the foods on this list.
Poor Eating Habits
Eating too much at a sitting or eating too close to bedtime.
Lack of Digestive Enzymes
Your food cannot digest properly without the proper enzymes present.
Too Much or Too Little Stomach Acid
Your stomach needs a proper amount to do its job.
Never underestimate the effects that stress can have on your health. I think we’ve all eaten when upset or worried only to get heartburn or feel badly afterwards. Try to be happy or relaxed when you eat.
Some folks eat horrible diets and will never be bothered with acid reflux. You may have been eating badly in the past but not nearly as bad as someone you know who doesn’t have any reflux problems. It doesn’t matter; we are all a little different inside. What doesn’t bother someone else may bother you and what helps someone else may not help you.
All of the above are true, but if you want understand what is probably the real cause of your problem, have it easily explained to you and learn how to correct it, then use the following link; I want to learn the cause for my acid reflux and heartburn and how to fix it!