Causes of Acid Reflux

Digestive Health

Dr. Mordo Suchov and Dr. Alan Naim direct the Gastroenterology Associates of Southern California in Encino, CA. Our doctors see many patients with acid reflux and work alongside a well-educated, skilled, and compassionate staff of professionals for the betterment of our patients.

Our doctors treat various diseases and illnesses involving the esophagus, stomach, and intestinal system. We want to explain acid reflux to our current and potential patients, such as,

  • Why acid reflux occurs
  • What causes acid reflux
  • Treatments to eliminate acid reflux
  • Why treatment of acid reflux is important

Acid Reflux

The Gastroenterology Associates of Southern California in Encino, CA, want to help you because Acid reflux can make your life miserable unless you seek treatment. Without effective treatment, acid reflux can spurn other severe conditions and decrease your quality of life.

When you suffer from acid reflux or, as some people say, heartburn, you notice a burning sensation in your chest. This intensity is described as fire in the esophagus (intense burning) that travels into the pharynx or throat. An overabundance of acid makes acid reflux worse, so avoid foods high in acid content or foods that worsen your acid reflux.

Acid reflux happens when stomach acid backflows into the esophagus, throat, or mouth. It is not a good idea to "just" cope with your symptoms and neglect treatment.

Treatment relieves acid reflux and helps you avoid more severe complications. Acid reflux can decrease your quality of life without treatment. Some of the approaches our two esteemed doctors may recommend are as follows. Everyone is different; thus, not everyone may have the same treatment.

  • Lose weight if you are over ideal body weight.
  • Eat smaller meal portions.
  • Only eat once sufficiently complete and do not feel stuffed.
  • Avoid foods that trigger your acid reflux.
  • Avoid foods high in acid or spicy.
  • Start an anti-acid program.

Some foods may cause increased acid reflux.

  • Tomatoes/Sauce
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Peppermint
  • Chocolate
  • Fried foods
  • Citrus fruit/juices
  • Salt
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Soda

After eating, it is essential to write down the foods and fluids that create acid reflux. If some of the above foods do not cause a problem, feel free to eat them. Not all people react to the same foods.

Our doctors will assess the underlying conditions causing your acid reflux, such as but not limited to,

  • Lower esophageal sphincter abnormalities
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Abnormal esophageal contractions
  • Delayed emptying of the stomach

Call Us Today for Acid Reflux Treatment

Dr. Suchov and Dr. Naim at the Gastroenterology Associates of Southern California in Encino, CA, want you to call them at (818) 905-1567 today if acid reflux is causing your life grief. It is vital to get treatment as soon as possible to avoid complications.

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