'Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD

Based on my experience i think GERD is caused by both excess acid and lack of acid

I have been researching GERD for a while and based on my experience i think GERD is caused by both excess acid and lack of acid. My theory is if you have a weak LES valve and excess acid in you stomach due to fried /fatty/spicy food, it leaks out of the valve into the esophagus and causes inflammation in the throat.

Another possible cause is exactly the opposite, if you have lack of acid in the stomach, the food stays in the stomach undigested for a long time and it ferments and causes excess gas which tries to escape out of the esophageal valve bringing along the acid with it. Can anyone suggest if my theory seems reasonable enough?

Frankly speaking no medical professional has been ever able to explain GERD clearly.😪😪


Sarah Henry
I believe your supposition is very accurate, Mayank Hasija. I too have been researching GERD for several years, in addition to studying a health science degree. I believe a large part of the puzzle is linked to the LES and the vagus nerve.

Christine DeMarco
I think vitamin deficiency is either a cause or the result of gerd . Especially all the b vitamins, vitamin c , iron, and magnesium. Maybe we all have different requirements

Alyssa Redinger Lee
Sounds accurate,I was low in vitiman-D!

Christine VZ De Bruyn
In addition to your comments, which I agree with, I believe there’s a calcium deficiency which contributes to the weak LES. This shows up in osteoporosis with GERD. Poor digestion means poor mineral uptake which means weak LES. PPI intake causes even more problems as fewer minerals are absorbed. Calcium is crucial to muscle tissue strength, but just taking calcium is not enough. You need D3/K2, magnesium, potassium etc.

Christine DeMarco
Or different absorbtion rates.

Christine DeMarco
Not sure about calcium. I think it adds to the problem . But I like what you have to say on everything else. I have never taken a ppi though they were prescribed for me. Best thing I ever did not do.

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Rae Schiavone Garzone
How do you manage you reflux with no drugs

Christine DeMarco
Different things work for different people; DGL, papaya enzymes, slippery elm, kefir, all help me. I take magnesium , b complex, b12, spirolina algae, and wheat grass daily and try to add as many greens as I can to my diet. Ginger and camomile help. I am 6 weeks pain free and eat everything again with the exception of raw onions .

Peter Andrew Davies
Sounds very accurate to me. I think the bloating caused from the gas can weaken the Les too.

David P. Swindler
I underwent a four hour "gastric emptying study" Monday. it found that my digestion was slower than acceptable. my GI Dr. surmises that my stomach has similar neuropathy issues as my feet do due to diabetes.

Susan Payne
They CAN do a gastric motility test to see if food really does sit in your stomach too long. It is a thing. Though rare Some people have gastroparesis so that’s not just an internet scare.
My doctor told me the low acid situation is very rare but I’m taking digestive enzymes just in case - however I notice the HCL ones made my gut burn worse.
My doc also told me to try low FODMAPs diet which eliminated foods that cause bloating. And this has helped though not 100%, I also have to cut out high acid foods too


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