Acid reflux affects just about everyone at some time or another. Also known as GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease), this is something familiar to all of us as heartburn. The pain of acid reflux occurs when stomach acids make their way into the esophagus.
There are a number of different things which can trigger acid reflux. Many find that they are prone to having symptoms after eating certain foods, especially spicy foods and highly acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits. Increased alcohol and smoking can also increase occurrences of acid reflux.
The National Heartburn Alliance survey data reveals that 58 percent of frequent heartburn sufferers identify “hectic lifestyle” as a factor that contributes to their heartburn. In addition, fifty-two percent point to work-related stress as a heartburn aggravator.
Does stress actually cause acid reflux?
Stress itself does not cause acid reflux; however, stress can play a major role in worsening heartburn and can make the symptoms of acid reflux seem far worse than they are.
Part of the reason why we seem more prone to heartburn, at times of stress, is that we tend to eat certain foods for comfort as a response to heightened stress levels. During stressful times we tend to turn to comfort foods which are often those which are known to be common triggers for acid reflux. In addition, because of our heightened sensitivity at times of stress, we’re more likely to have an attack of acid reflux – and it will seem even worse than it would otherwise.
Ways to reduce stress related acid reflux
Exercise not only helps to alleviate stress, it can decrease heartburn symptoms as well. Physical activity helps to keep the digestive system moving as it should. While you should wait at least two hours after a meal before exercising or working out, a short stroll after dinner is better than reclining on the couch in front of the T.V.
Studies have shown that relaxation techniques can also help to reduce the severity of acid reflux symptoms. When you are experiencing a high stress level, try breathing techniques and exercise in order to take your mind off of your stress. This will help to alleviate your acid reflux symptoms somewhat. Also keeping an upright posture is a good way to keep stomach acids from infiltrating the esophagus and causing heartburn, so stand up straight as much as possible.
Heartburn is a serious problem in today’s society. By keeping an eye on what you eat and using stress reduction techniques, you can reduce both the severity and the frequency of your acid reflux symptoms.
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