reflux disease (GERD) is a disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES)- the muscle connecting the esophagus
with the stomach. Reflux occurs when the LES is weak and relaxes inappropriately, thus allowing the stomach contents
to flow up into the esophagus.
Heartburn, also called acid indigestion, is the most common symptom of GERD and usually
feels like a burning chest pain beginning behind the breastbone and moving upward to both the neck and throat. Chocolate,
peppermint, fatty foods, coffee alcoholic beverages, and other foods weaken the LES and therefore should be avoided.