The Causes of GERD
So, what are the causes of GERD? Our stomach is where we digest our food. The stomach uses really strong acid, enzymes and pepsin to aid in the digestion process of our food. The lower esophageal sphincter works as a flap to keep stomach acid in while your body is digesting the food. When that sphincter becomes weakened or damaged the contents of the stomach will start to reflux up into the esophagus causing esophageal ulcers and esophagitis causing GERD. GERD can lead to the gums and teeth rotting away. GERD can lead to sinus issues, ear infections and disorders with the thyroid.
GERD happens when the esophageal sphincter becomes weakened by increased pressure in the stomach. When pressure from gas or air pushes against the sphincter it will eventually cause the sphincter to pop open releasing acids from the stomach up into the esophagus causing acid reflux. GERD symptoms include following; heartburn, indigestion, bloating and upset stomach.
What are some of the things that can increase the amount of gas in the intestinal tract? The first one is SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) occurs when there is an abnormal increase in the overall bacterial population in the small intestine. Next, H. Pylori is a type of bacteria that grows in the digestive tract. It does the same or similar thing as SIBO it is just a different type of organism.
Some other big cuprits causing GERD are parasites, yeast candida overgrowth. Another cause of GERD is low stomach acid. When the PH is low enough in the stomach that sphincter closes and stays closed. However, when there is not enough acid in the stomach the sphincter will open up causing you to reflux whatever is in your stomach.
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