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8 Reasons Why You Have Acidity

Acidity in the Human Body

Acidity in the human body is the main cause for various health ailments ranging from mild digestive problems, to major cardiovascular diseases.

During digestion, the stomach secretes acids to break down food. These acids, when produced in excess, cause heartburn and a painful or irritating sensation in the esophagus. This condition is known as Acidity or Acid Peptic Disease (APD) in medical terms.

Acidity may occur due to the following reasons:

  1. Bad eating habits, which include eating too much or too little or skipping meals
  2. Not chewing food properly
  3. Eating too much of junk, non vegetarian and spicy food
  4. Smoking and consuming too much of alcohol
  5. Being overweight or obese
  6. Lying down immediately after eating
  7. Excessive exposure to sun and heat
  8. Too much stress

Some of the diseases that cause acidity include:

  1. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease – GERD
  2. Helicobacter Pylori
  3. Zollinger-Ellisson Syndrome
  4. Hypercalcemia
  5. Gallstones
  6. Gastric Ulcers

The symptoms of acidity are:

  1. Heartburn
  2. Chest pain
  3. Worsening of pain while lying down
  4. Post-meal pain
  5. Bitter taste
  6. Hoarseness, Sore throat and Cough
  7. Respiratory problems
  8. Nausea
  9. Trouble while swallowing
  10. Extra saliva
  11. Burping
  12. Vomiting
  13. Stomach pain
  14. Gas formation in stomach

Gastroenterologists treat ailments related to acidity.

 

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