What’s the Difference Between Acid Reflux, Heartburn @ GERD?

Knowing whether you have acid reflux, heartburn, or GERD is understandably confusing—the symptoms are often similar. The three conditions are actually all progressions of the same issue. Here’s what’s happening in your body to jump-start the process.

First, you eat something. It doesn’t have to be something particularly fatty, spicy, or decadent. The most common culprits, though, are acidic and fatty foods. Think citrus, chocolate, fried foods, tomatoes, and other things like that.

After chowing down, that food heads from your esophagus to your stomach, a space guarded by the lower esophageal sphincter. It’s a ring of muscle that closes up to keep everything in when food hits your belly. The problem comes in when that muscle doesn’t tighten or close up properly. Stomach acid can then leak back into your esophagus, causing acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD.

All three conditions are more common in people who eat too quickly, drink or smoke, are obese, have a lot of stress, slouch a lot, have Diabetes, or are pregnant. So how do you know which one you have? Let’s take a closer look.

Flawed COVID-19 testing according to the CDC

The market is being flooded with blood tests designed to check for coronavirus antibodies.  Naturally, many people think it’s a good idea to take an antibody test to determine if they were exposed to the virus (and if they have immunity).  Of course, others want the test to know if it’s “safe” to go back to work or whether they need to still be diligent in protecting themselves from the virus. However, new evidence shows we shouldn’t bet our health on an antibody test.

The Vitamin D Level to Reach Before Second Wave of COVID-19

As reviewed in “Vitamin D Level Is Directly Correlated to COVID-19 Outcomes,” there’s compelling evidence to suggest optimizing your vitamin D level can reduce your risk of COVID-19 and other viral infections such as seasonal influenza.

A number of different scientists are calling for people and governments to prepare for the second wave of COVID-19 come fall, both in the U.S. and abroad.1 Considering SARS-CoV-2 has been shown to be responsive to temperature and humidity, with infectiousness increasing with lower temperatures and humidity levels, we’re likely going to see a reemergence of COVID-19 infections in the fall, during normal influenza season.

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