Acid reflux, also known an heartburn or acid indigestion, is a digestion problem that targets millions and millions of people all over the world and over 7 million people in the U.S alone. It happens when some of the acidic stomach contents go back up into the esophagus. Acid reflux causes symptoms such as a burning sensation in the lower chest area that will occur, frequently happening after eating.
What Are Common Acid Reflux Symptoms?
The #1 symptom most people notice is heartburn, also known as acid indigestion. This most common symptom of acid reflux is a painful, burning sensation you feel when the stomach acid rises. The acid is moving from the stomach, where the lining is resistant to the corrosive effects of the acid, into the esophagus which is not protected.
Heartburn worsens when you bend over or lay down because these positions are making the acid flow easier and the acid gets through the esophageal sphincter faster and into the chest.