What are reasons for acid reflux?

Reflux. When you eat, food passes from the throat to the stomach through the esophagus. Once food is in the stomach, a ring of muscle fibers prevents food from moving backward into the esophagus. If this muscle doesn't close well, food, liquid, and stomach acid can leak back into the esophagus. Reflux is worse with large meals, high fatty content, bending over after eating, alcohol and obesity.

Related Questions

Can too little acid cause acid reflux? Many people online stated this is their reason so curious

Agitated stomach. Acid reflux is typically caused by 1) excess ingestion of hot, spicy, greasy, or fried foods; 2) nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine in excess; 3) chronic emotional distress;4) anatomical anomaly (i.e. hiatal hernia). Acid reflux (aka GERD) can be treated with medications (OTC & Rx) and lifestyle modification. Acidic foods make this worse, but "low acid" is not a trigger at all. Take care. Read more...

I have acid reflux, could this be the reason why I'm having tooth pain?

GERD. Gerd=acid reflux brings stomach acids up to the mouth, where the acids can erode enamel. The enamel is protecting teeth from the wear, tear and also guards teeth against the erosion. I suspect that you have a tooth problem that needs to be addressed. Rec.: see your dentist for examination and x-rays. Read more...
Tooth pain. Where is the pain and what do you do to bring it about? Read more...
Probably not. Probably not. Dental erosion from GERD not usually initially painful. Best bet is to see dentist to determine cause of pain. More likely cavity or cavities. Read more...

What are the symptoms of "h pylori"? When should I get tested? I constantly get acid reflux especially when I bend over could that be the reason?

Depends. H pylori has a range of symptoms, from none at all, to abdominal pain, to severe bleeding from stomach/intestinal ulcers. H pylori is also linked to the development of certain kinds of gastric cancer and is considered a carcinogenic infection. Depending on where it infects the stomach, it can cause increased gastric acid levels, leading to acid reflux. In other cases it can protect against reflux! Read more...

The back of my tongue is stained yellow, with a whitish coating as well only on the back. I have terrible acid reflux, could that be the reason?

It's possible... ...To get a coating on the tongue as a sign of severe acid reflux. However, there are many other reasons why your tongue could have an appearance of a coating. To sort it out, you should see your primary doctor or a gastroenterologist. In the mean time, try adding liquid or chewable antacids to your current anti-reflux regimen, while you are waiting for your appointment. Good luck. Read more...

I have bumps on the back of my tongue as well as a yellow tinted tongue for a while now. I have bad nighttime acid reflux. Could reflux be the reason?

Possibly. Chronic irritation from uncontrolled acid reflux can cause structural changes in the esophagus, larynx, vocal cords, pharynx and tongue (usually not permanent except for strictures). A yellow plaque to the tongue may also be suggestive of a candida infection. Your doctor can help you sort this out. Read more...

What could be the reason for yellow tinted/slight white layer on tongue? I have bad acid reflux, urinary problems, and don't drink much water.

White tongue common. The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, ; not always due to disease. Causes of a tongue that looks white include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals). Read more...