09/30/2013 08:59 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

7 Steps to Reverse Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a big problem.

44 percent of Americans have heartburn at least once a month. 25 to 35 percent have reflux. It causes tremendous problems, and nobody is asking why. Why are we suffering from reflux? What is the cause? Is it something we are doing or something we are eating? Is there some other factor that's driving this epidemic?

Many things can trigger acid reflux:

  • Diet
  • Lifestyle
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Bacteria in your gut
  • Food sensitivities

You don't need to live with this condition and there are solutions other than taking acid-blocking drugs to treat your symptoms.

Watch this week's edition of "House Call with Dr. Hyman" to learn what things may be causing your acid reflux and how you can fix it at the source. You may also download a written transcript here.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is a practicing physician, founder of The UltraWellness Center, a six-time New York Times bestselling author, and an international leader in the field of Functional Medicine. You can follow him on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn, watch his videos on YouTube, become a fan on Facebook, and subscribe to his newsletter.

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