What is Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease?
Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) describes a condition involving the burning of the oesophagus. The condition is commonly referred to as ‘heartburn’ or ‘reflux.’ The stomach contains acid, like battery acid, which helps to breakdown food. It is the only part of the body that can tolerate this level of acidity. Pain arises when the stomach acids leak into the oesophagus, which can be quite uncomfortable, even painful!
What are the common dietary causes of reflux?
- Spicy meals.
- High-fat foods or meals e.g. chocolate. Fat requires more acid to break it down. When acid content increases, it can seep into the oesophagus and cause pain.
- Particular fluids, like tea, coffee, and alcohol.
- Large meal portions.
What else can cause reflux?
- The weakening of the oesophageal muscles, caused by ageing.
- A hiatus hernia, whereby the stomach is pushed into the oesophagus.
4 tips for managing reflux.