What is G.E.R.D.?
G.E.R.D. or "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease" is not adisease at all, but rather plain old reflux, with a fancy name. This can be aresult of a faulty "Lower Esophageal Sphincter" valve that is damaged andswollen, and fails to close properly. Or it could be a stomach problem, suchasGastritis, (sore and inflamed stomach)H.pylori bacterium(a food or
water-borne bacteria that presents in the stomach)Peptic Ulcers,or just beingoverly acidic.All of these things can increase the pressure in the stomach, and increased pressure will force the "Lower Esophageal Sphincter" valve to open, justenough to allow reflux.
What is Indigestion?
It is a general term for burping or belching, stomachache, gas, flatulence or just being too acidic. Upset stomach can also be brought on by feelings such as rage, fear, or impatience.Some of the most common causes of indigestion are
( yeastinfection) food allergies,
(inflamed stomach)dairy products, gastric or duodenum ulcers.There are basically two things that cause reflux:(1)Your "Lower Esophageal Sphincter" valve has sustained some damageand fails to close properly, allowing the acidic stomach fumes or gases toreflux and enter your esophagus.(2)You have a stomach problem that is increasing the pressure in your stomach, it will force the Lower Esophageal Sphincter valve open and allowthe acidic stomach gases to reflux into your esophagus.If you have a damaged esophagus when this reflux occurs, you willexperience a pain or burning sensation in your chest when these acidic gasescome in contact with this damage.
Lower Esophageal Sphincter or L.E.S.
The Lower Esophageal or L.E.S. is situated between the lower end of theesophagus, and the top of the stomach. The L.E.S. is a little ring of musclethat is forced open when you swallow, and permits the food or drink to enter