Acid reflux, or Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a condition in which the gastric acids released by our body are regurgitated upward, toward the esophagus. Most common symptoms of acid reflux are: heartburn and chest pain.
If you frequently experience the symptoms of acid reflux, it is important that you take adequate steps to control this condition. Acid reflux is not a health condition you would want to ignore, because if left unaddressed, it can lead to complete erosion of esophagus, or the wind pipe, as it is commonly called.
For long, the causes of this condition have been debated and researched. Most researches do agree that depression is a big contributor to acid reflux. Researchers have also been trying for long to find a connection between anxiety and GERD, or acid reflux, as it is most commonly known. Finally, a breakthrough has come from the University of Alabama that has revealed a direct correlation between anxiety and acid reflux; this means more the stress levels, greater the chances of developing acid reflux. This also means, if you regularly experience acid reflux, the symptoms will be more pronounced when you under stress.
The findings were based on the tests conducted by the University of Alabama in which a test group was asked to play a complex computer game in which they were required to solve difficult mathematical problems. As the stress or anxiety levels in individuals grew, so did the symptoms of acid reflux.
How does this finding help in controlling acid reflux? Well… these findings give us a valuable insight on the nature of acid reflux, and equipped with this knowledge we stand a better chance of controlling this health hazard.
To begin with, identify the moments of your daily life that are stressful. You also need to introspect if these moments are avoidable. For instance, if you take a certain shorter route to office which is often packed with traffic; perhaps you can explore other options to see if alternatives are available.
The reality of modern life is that certain amount of stress is unavoidable. However, with awareness, you can incorporate positive behavioral, and lifestyle changes to manage stress better.
Eat light food before your daily ‘stressful’ moments. In fact, a balanced diet and regular exercise can help you immensely in handling stress. If you lead a particularly hectic life, then Yoga or other relaxation techniques may help you bring the stress levels down.
Acid reflux can very often be controlled through natural means. To learn more on how to help control acid reflux naturally, read our Acid Reflux Guide.
by Scott Davis