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When Common Acid Indigestion Takes You Beyond the Pink

Most people often dismiss heartburn as common and trivial, an ailment to be treated with a grimace and a glug of thick, chalky pink liquid. But, while acid reflux is very common, it is far from insignificant. If you're chugging a pink drink or chewing up antacid tablets twice a week or more, pay attention.

You could be showing signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. This chronic digestive disease occurs when stomach acid or bile flows back into the esophagus -- the food pipe - and irritates the lining, causing inflammation.

Common symptoms include:

  • heartburn
  • a burning sensation in the throat
  • sour or bitter taste in the mouth
  • chest…

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