What is GERD?
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is a digestive disorder characterised by the acid in the stomach flowing in the reverse direction back into the oesophagus. This reflux of the acid irritates the oesophagus and causes a burning sensation in the chest area. In order to diagnose a person with GERD, they should experience mild acid reflux at least twice a week and severe acid reflux at least once a week. Along with this, regurgitation of food is also seen and disruption in their daily life.
The stomach acidic conditions and the gut microbiome are such that any infectious agents such as bacteria, toxins, viruses etc. are destroyed before they cause further damage within the body. When the internal homoeostasis of the body is not in sync, the microbiome and gut flora are disturbed and thus, infectious agents find an easy way to cause disease. Another problem seen when this occurs is that essential nutrients that are vital to the body cannot make their way to the tissues and the cells. This leads to nutrient deficiencies and other complications.