A Weak LES is one of the main Causes of GERD.
The Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) is a muscular valve whose main purpose is to allow food and drink into the stomach and not allow anything other than gas or vomit out. If it is not functioning properly it can be one of the main causes of GERD. (Insufficient stomach acid is the primary cause.)
LES is the acronym for the Lower Esophageal Sphincter. It is a muscle that wraps around the esophagus where it meets the stomach. It’s job is to keep your stomach contents in your stomach.
A weak or dysfunctional LES is one of the main Causes of GERD.
A properly functioning LES relaxes to allow food to enter the stomach. This triggers the release of stomach acid to begin digestion. The increase of stomach acid triggers the LES to close tightly, to keep contents of the stomach from backing up into the esophagus. The only other time the LES should relax is to allow air to exit out of the stomach as a burp or to allow vomiting.
However, when your LES is in a weakened or relaxed state, additional pressure caused by stomach bloating or poor body position can put the LES at a disadvantage, allowing stomach contents to flow back up into the esophagus resulting in heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD.
The lack of stomach acid, certain foods/drinks, overeating, medications, and physical activates can weaken the LES, over time.
The LES can become weakened over time if you:
Follow these tips that can lower the pressure on your LES:
Some supplements can help by reducing stomach bloating. Some of these suggestions could help your LES function better:
I have found these lifestyle changes to have the most impact on reducing my acid reflux symptoms:
The information contained here does not constitute medical advice and is not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease. Please contact your doctor. The information provided is for informational purposes only and are solely the views of the author.
Foods You Should Avoid if You Have GERD and Why?
5 Helpful Tips to Enjoy GERD Free Travel
Everything You Need to Know About Heartburn, Acid Reflux, and GERD
Infant Acid Reflux: What is it and How to Resolve it for My Baby?
Why You Need to Stop Treating Your Heartburn Symptoms
How to Determine If You Have Hypochlorhydria