Almost every adult will experience some acid reflux at some point in their life. Occasional heartburn is mostly an annoyance for people and is generally not a problem. People with persistent acid reflux symptoms should be tested for acid reflux disease, which is the malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter muscles. This condition requires medical intervention and a specialized diet.
The newest buzz is that researchers have found that it is possible that GERD is due to an immune response more so than the acid itself. Two researchers, Spechler and Souza, found that the acid causes the cells in the esophagus to release chemicals which attract cells that cause inflammation to the esophagus and that these cells then cause the…