That is, the acid itself might not do the real damage; the body’s inflammatory response may. I get it because I deal with it also. I am a survivor. I was finding that I was becoming short of breath like I was gulping air or excessively yawning while at rest, but it seemed to improve with exercise. Learn more. Podcast Vegan Health Transformation Stories.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who has a stomach acid problem called silent reflux, a new study suggests that switching to a mostly plant-based diet might help your symptoms as much as — if not more than — drug treatment. Silent reflux — also called laryngopharyngeal reflux LPR — happens when acid, enzymes, and other contents from your stomach come up into your throat, causing irritation and damage. Acid from what you eat and drink can also add to the problem. LPR is often called silent reflux because it doesn’t usually cause the classic symptoms of acid reflux, such as heartburn and indigestion. These drugs can work well for LPR symptoms, but they can sometimes cause side effects, such as abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and constipation.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD is one of the most common disorders of the digestive tract. The two most typical symptoms are heartburn and regurgitation of stomach contents into the back of the throat, but GERD is not just burning pain and a sour taste in your mouth. It causes millions of doctor visits and hospitalizations every year in the United States. The most feared complication is cancer. You start out with a normal esophagus. If the acid keeps creeping up, your esophagus can get inflamed and result in esophagitis. To prevent all that, we need to prevent the acid reflux in the first place. In the last three decades, the incidence of this cancer in the US has increased six-fold, an increase greater than that of melanoma, breast, or prostate cancer. This is because acid reflux is on the rise.