5 Tips to Prevent Acid Reflux

Find out what acid reflux is, why it should be taken seriously, and how you can prevent it.

Sanaz Majd, MD
3-minute read
Episode #81

Most of us have experienced symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, or acid reflux at some point.  It’s not typically an issue that causes concern if it’s infrequent.  However, some people may find it quite bothersome when it occurs often, not to mention that it can lead to further complications if left untreated.

Although it’s usually a benign condition, you should know when to seek help and be aware of the serious complications if left untreated.

See Also: Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain 

What Are the Symptoms of Acid Reflux?

The stomach is connected to the mouth via a long tube called the esophagus.  There’s a special muscle, called a “sphincter” surrounding the lower part of the esophagus where it joins the stomach.  When this sphincter relaxes, like a doorway, it easily allows food to escape the stomach and enter the esophagus.

Most patients with acid reflux say they experience a sour taste in their mouth, as the acidic contents of the stomach come back up.  People with “dyspepsia” don’t have this reflux, but they do say they experience heartburn, or a feeling of burning in the stomach, especially on an empty stomach or after a meal.  Some patients have both heartburn and reflux.  However, not everyone presents in this way.  Here are some other possible symptoms of acid reflux and dyspepsia:


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About the Author

Sanaz Majd, MD

Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her special interests are women's health and patient education.