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Acid reflux is a condition in which the acid contained in your stomach, which aids in digestion, is sent back up your esophagus. This can cause a wide range of symptoms, including minor nuisances like gas, a bitter taste in the mouth, and heartburn, as well as more serious problems like damage to the esophagus and even cancer. In most cases, acid reflux can easily be treated. While most people with the condition know that they have it, there are more subtle symptoms that can indicate this condition.

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1. Obesity

Obesity is one of the leading causes of acid reflux. The improper functioning of the esophagus causes GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Excessive food intake and a higher percentage of body fat may prevent the lower esophageal sphincter from closing properly, which in turn leads to the acid backing up out of the stomach.

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