Causes of Acid Indigestion

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Many times, acid indigestion is caused by an excess of acid in the stomach, and this can be a result of specific foods, inactivity after eating, and damage to the mucosal lining of the intestines. Discover what may cause acid to move up and down the esophagus with help from a licensed RN in this free video on acid indigestion.

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Hi, my name is Kayti Brosnan. I'm a Registered Nurse here in Austin, Texas and today I'm going to talk about some of the causes of acid indigestion. A lot of times what happens with acid indigestion is that there's an excess of acid in the stomach and you'll feel after eating, primarily after eating, you'll feel a tightness or a burning in the chest or the abdomen and this is called acid indigestion. This can be a result of the foods that you're eating; inactivity after eating, if you lay down, it kind of allows the acid to move up and down the esophagus. Or sometimes what happens is that, the mucosal linings of the intestines actually has a little bit of damage tissue and that the acid which is normally there, it helps us digest our food and it helps us fight infections, it's normally there, it's a good thing. But what happens is, when there's damage to that mucosal lining, the acid can irritate that and cause this burning or this tightness; a little bit more inflammation than were use to down there. And those are some of the causes of acid indigestion.

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