Easy, everyday smoothies to alleviate acid reflux, soothe your heartburn, and reduce your risk of potentially cancer-causing GERD.
Unpleasant yet very common, acid reflux is a condition caused by wandering stomach acid. In an ideal scenario, a bundle of muscles at the top of your belly – collectively called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) – close after eating food. However, if these muscles fail to close properly, digestive acids can travel out of the stomach and up to your esophagus.
Since the lining of your throat is delicate, this acid damages the lining – hence, you feel a burning sensation which, often referred to as heartburn. If acid reflux occurs frequently, it can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is a chronic condition which often involves painful swelling, bleeding and ulceration of the esophagus, and which, according to the American Cancer Society, is thought to be slightly linked to throat cancer.
For a natural alternative to antacid medication – which is often ineffective for many people – introduce a selection of the following acid reflux-battling smoothies into your everyday diet to alleviate your discomfort. Blend away!
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