Definition of Acid Reflux
Acid reflux disease is a condition that develops when the lower esophageal sphincter or LES does not close fully after you have eaten. When the LES does not close completely or when it opens too frequently, stomach acid and some stomach contents can back up into your esophagus, causing that characteristic burning pain known as “heartburn".
If you get heartburn more than twice a week, your doctor will tell you that you have gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux. Your condition can be caused by one of several factors. These include eating large meals, then lying down immediately after; a hiatal hernia, where the LES and upper part of your stomach move above your diaphragm, snacking too close to bedtime, being overweight or obese, smoking, eating certain foods that make your condition worse, drinking carbonated drinks, alcohol, coffee or tea and bending over at the waist or lying on your back after eating, according to WebMD. Thus, learning what foods to eat with acid reflux may reduce or even eliminate some of the most unpleasant symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, regurgitation, burping, bloody or black stools or vomit, hiccups that don’t stop, nausea, weight loss for unknown reasons, narrowing of your esophagus, wheezing, dry cough, chronic sore throat or hoarseness.