If you’ve lived with acid reflux for a while now, you probably already consider yourself an expert on the condition. You’ve scoured the internet to learn the causes, diagnosis and treatment plans for acid reflux. But here are 10 surprising facts about acid reflux that you probably didn’t know!
Acid Reflux Is Not Caused By Excess Stomach Acid But A Lack Of It
Most people assume that acid reflux is caused by too much stomach acid. After all, that’s why the doctor prescribes acid-suppressing drugs, right? Wrong! On the contrary, acid reflux is caused by too little gastric acid.
While heartburn and GERD are caused when stomach acid splashes back into the esophagus, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s TOO MUCH acid, or that suppressing stomach acid with drugs will relieve those symptoms. By suppressing gastric acid production, you make digestion harder because our stomach needs acid to break down food and absorb nutrients.