5 Symptoms Of GERD & How To Treat Them

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD, is a digestive disease that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). LES is a ring of muscle found between the stomach and the esophagus.

Under normal circumstances, the LES relaxes and opens every time you swallow, and afterward, it tightens and closes. If your LES does not tighten and close properly after you swallow, you will experience contents from your stomach moving back up to the esophagus.

Those contents could be food and digestive juices. That condition is called acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux, or acid regulation and is what causes GERD. If left untreated, GERD could lead to more serious complications.

Some risk factors that may increase your chances of getting GERD include pregnancy, obesity, connective tissue disorder, and hiatal hernia.


• Heartburn or acid indigestion- This is a burning sensation or discomfort that runs from your stomach to your esophagus and throat or your abdomen. Heartburns get worse after you eat and may be triggered when you bend or lie down.
• Regurgitation- happens when a bitter or sour-tasting liquid or food particles back up in your mouth and leave a bitter acid taste.
• Problem swallowing.
• Nausea and vomiting.
• Feeling a lump in your throat.