Gastroesophageal reflux: causes, symptoms and remedies.

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Gastroesophageal reflux: causes, symptoms and remedies.

What is gastroesophageal reflux?

Gastroesophageal reflux is a pathology characterized by the ascent into the esophagus of the acid content of the stomach which can be transient, but in some cases it can also become a real chronic disease, subject to even serious complications.

Gastroesophageal reflux is a pathology characterized by the ascent into the esophagus of the acid content of the stomach which can be transient, but in some cases it can also become a real chronic disease, subject to even serious complications.

However, when it becomes too intense and frequent it causes a series of disturbances to the patient, bordering on the pathological.

In the milder forms, it is possible to intervene simply by changing diet and lifestyle, but in the most serious cases, good habits must be supplemented by a specific drug treatment.

Gastroesophageal reflux, what are the symptoms?

The first symptom of gastroesophageal reflux is heartburn, or the burning sensation at the retrosternal level, followed by regurgitation, that is, the return of acid material into the throat or mouth. Chest pain and excessive salivation are also very common.

Other symptoms are less common and include:

– difficulty swallowing

– nausea 

– He retched 

– gastric swelling 

–  hiccup

– respiratory system disorders with chronic cough, hoarseness, laryngitis and asthma.

Gastroesophageal reflux can occur continuously during the day or intermittently. It often occurs upon waking, after meals and during the night in a lying position and while bending forward.

It is obvious that these symptoms greatly affect the quality of life, negatively affecting even the night’s rest.

What are the causes of gastrosophageal reflux?

When you eat, the ingested food passes from the esophagus to the stomach, and then continues the cycle of digestion. Between the esophagus and the stomach there is a sort of valve that regulates the passage of the food bolus, called the gastroesophageal sphincter, belonging to the cardia. This valve opens to allow food to pass after swallowing and closes immediately afterwards; in this way, it prevents the acidic contents of the stomach from going up into the esophagus and irritating its walls with its acidity.

In people with GERD, this valve opens when it shouldn’t. As a result, food and gastric juices can flow back towards the esophagus causing symptoms, which are also very annoying.

These acidic gastric contents can even reach the throat, causing symptoms such as cough and burning in this area as well.

How can it be cured?

The treatment of reflux disease is based on lifestyle correction, drug therapy and the use of medical devices such as Reflumyt, based on magnesium alginate and herbal medicines.


The magnesium alginate that comes from particular marine algae forms a sort of raft that floats on the stomach contents improving the reflux of hydrochloric acid.

The phytotherapeutic substances have a digestive, soothing and anti-inflammatory action that improves mucosal lesions.

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