Every acid reflux sufferer knows that citrus fruits are acidic in nature.
But with regards to lemon juice, when processed by the body, the result is an alkaline effect.
You see, lemon has a PH of around 2 which highly acidic. That is why it is so sour.
The short answer is: Yes. Lower or middle back pain can be caused by heartburn or acid reflux especially chronic GERD.
Whenever I experienced heartburn the associated pain would radiate to my lower back but I never was quite sure whether my back went out due to a sudden movement I made or was it because of the food that I was eating at lunch?
Many people are rightfully concerned about whether their acid reflux or heartburn is a symptom or a side effect of COVID.
Let’s take a look at how prevalent acid reflux is with covid patients.
It became quite scary for me several times. I could never tell whether my chest pain was caused by acid reflux or was it related to a heart problem.
I remember asking a friend nurse whether I should go to the hospital or call an ambulance. It can be such as frightening experience that I’m sure many of you readers can relate to.
We are all aware of the detrimental effect anxiety and stress can have on our health.
Panic attacks, for example, can cause a racing heart, fast breathing and excessive sweating.
Not many people think about ulcers when they experience heartburn or acid reflux.
In most cases, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and long-term use of certain anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen may develop ulcers. Diet in itself usually does not cause ulcers but can definitely worsen the symptoms.
Most of us don’t have the time or the energy to prepare foods or meals at home that would be healthy as well as heartburn friendly. It’s sometimes just not possible due to our very tight and hectic schedule at work or with our daily chores at home.
But dining out can be difficult and quite challenging if you suffer from constant heartburn and acid reflux. Fast food is not an option because it will almost always worsen your condition.
We all need to exercise on a daily basis to improve our overall health but if you already suffer from heartburn or GERD then you need to be more careful.
I was always scared of developing hiatal hernia because of my chronic heartburn.
Hiatal hernia is a condition where the part that connects the stomach to the esophagus is pushed between the LES and the diaphragm, thus compromising the ability of the diaphragm to help the contractions of the LES, resulting in GERD.
Very few GERD sufferers will develop hiatal hernia.
Many people that have hiatal hernia don’t necessarily suffer from reflux symptoms.
Mostly obese or old people with weak muscles tend to develop these hernias.
I used to drink fresh lemon juice whenever I experienced acid reflux symptoms. It sometimes worked but often it would make symptoms much worse for me.