Did you know that at the top of your stomach there’s a valve called the lower oesophageal sphincter? The LOS is there to prevent refluxing of stomach contents back upwards. This valve should be super-strong. If it becomes weak it relaxes and opens at the wrong time. It should only open when you are swallowing. It gets weak for a number of reasons. A lifetime of poor diet, inability to digest and absorb nutrients, or a stress-induced loss of normal healing and repair. If you are not making enough digestive juices in your stomach or if you are overweight this increases pressure on the LOS. If it’s weak as well you know the result – pressure behind your breastbone or burning.
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