Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter -- which is the muscle between the esophagus and the stomach. While it’s not a life-threatening condition, it can be uncomfortable and chronic for many patients.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to treat and prevent GERD and regain your quality of life.
If you suffer from GERD, it’s important that you understand the condition and what’s happening in your body. “In normal digestion, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens to allow food to pass into the stomach and closes to prevent food and acidic stomach juices from flowing back into the esophagus,” says WebMD.