Symptoms: Heartburn, regurgitation, nausea; most reflux occurs during the day after meals.
Complications of GERD can be ulcers of the esophagus, stricture of the esophagus (a narrowed opening of the esophagus can occur when ulcers heal with scar tissue [fibrosis] that narrows the lumen [passageway] of the esophagus), cough, asthma, inflammation of the throat and larynx, inflammation and infection in the lungs. (Also called heartburn or GERD) is a condition where the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (backs up or refluxes) into the esophagus. The esophagus can become inflamed and damaged due to the acid content and pepsin in the liquid (which the throat is not designed to handle). The refluxed liquid can also contain bile that has backed up into the stomach from the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). Once GERD begins, it often becomes chronic. Linked to deficiency of HCL (unable to break down lactic acid and other waste products); also linked to stomach dysfunction; often infection in the stomach (often from biofilms); commonly overcome by use of Betaine HCL toward the end of the meal. The longer the condition has been present, the more difficult it is to correct. Also linked to overeating cooked food, high stress.