Acid Reflux Defined

Filed Under: Digestive Health, Acid Reflux
Last Reviewed 08/04/2015

Acid Reflux Defined

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Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when acid, which should remain in the stomach, “leaks” into the esophagus—the tube leading from the mouth to the stomach.

The digestive juices created in the stomach and liver tend to be very caustic. Fortunately, the lining of the stomach is normally able to protect itself from these juices by secreting a protective mucus shield. But the esophagus doesn’t have these protective mechanisms and, therefore, any acid that refluxes into the esophagus causes pain, inflammation, and damage.

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