stress digestive problems

January 18, 2011

Stress Digestive Problems

Stress can be very hard on your body, and your digestive tract is no exception. A huge stress related digestive problem is heartburn.

When you are stressed out, it sends your body into flight or fight mode. This results in blood and oxygen being diverted away from your stomach to more important organs, like your heart, brain and muscles. That will help you to make a good decision about staying and fighting, or running.

Chronic stress results in a similar reaction from your body, although less extreme. It makes food difficult to digest because your body is spending time keeping itself running and keeps food low on the priority list. This causes pressure and acid to build up, resulting in painful heartburn and acid reflux.

Heartburn happens when acid is allowed to become too prevalent in the stomach, and seeps up into the esophagus, causing irritation and pain. Chronic stress can lead to frequent heartburn, which damages the esophagus.

Symptoms of stress related heartburn can include a burning sensation in the stomach that radiates up to the chest, hiccups, belching and indigestion.

Stress related heartburn can be caused by any number of things. Emotional stress can be very difficult to deal with. Things like a death in the family, a recent break up, illness and other things can make relaxing difficult. Other things like work, relationships, family, holidays, finances and striving to meet certain goals can compound these stressors.

So, what can you do to relieve stress related heartburn? First of all, chill out. It may seem difficult to relax with so much turmoil going on, but that’s life. You’ll need to adjust the way you deal with it in order to live a longer, healthier and happier life.

  • Meditate or learn yoga and practice it regularly. Yoga focuses on your body’s inner peace and learning the principles of it can help to prevent stress from building.
  • See someone. Visiting a psychologist or therapist can help you talk through some of your problems and come to a resolution. You can also learn techniques for how to deal with future problems so that stress doesn’t become such an issue down the line. Although you may think that finding the time and money to pay for such a luxury will add to your stress, it can provide priceless help to some people and it’s worth exploring if you’re having trouble dealing with the stresses in your life.
  • Add exercise to your routine. Exercise helps to burn off excess energy, maintain a healthy body and helps you to relax much easier. People who exercise regularly are not only healthier than those who don’t, but are also less susceptible to stress related illnesses. So, do a bit of walking every morning, join a gym, or take a spinning class. Do whatever you need to in order to keep it fun, interesting and engaging.

Stress related digestive problems are a common issue that plagues thousands of people. However, you don’t need to suffer in silence. Pick up a copy of The Reflux Remedy Report for more tips and tricks on relieving stress related heartburn and other digestive problems. For more information, visit today!

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