What is Acid Reflux
The backward flow of acid from your stomach into your esophagus causes acid reflux. This is also called gastroesophageal reflux (GER). The acids may give you heartburn and taste unpleasant in the back of your throat.
Acid reflux is a common condition. Approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population has had acid reflux, either occasionally or regularly.
If you have acid reflux more than twice per week or if it starts to affect your everyday life, you may have a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This condition may lead to damage to your esophagus or other serious health issues if you don’t get treatment for it.
The Symptoms of Acid Reflux
The first symptom you’re likely to experience with acid reflux is a burning in your esophagus. This sensation happens when the acids wash back up from your stomach through the lower esophageal sphincter. Your symptoms may worsen when you lay down too quickly after eating or if you bend over.
Other symptoms include:
- chest pain
- difficulty swallowing
- a dry cough
- a sore throat
- a sensation of a lump in your throat
Having certain conditions may increase your risk of developing GERD, including:
Acid reflux can cause a lot of discomforts if you don’t get treatment for it.
Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. They may also ask you to keep a food diary to track your symptoms.
Your doctor may also run some tests:
- They can perform an ambulatory acid probe test to measure the amount of acid in your esophagus over a 24-hour period.
- Also, They can perform an X-ray or endoscopy to assess any damage to your esophagus.
- In addition, They can perform esophageal motility testing to determine the movement of your esophagus and the pressure inside of it.
Gerd and Yoga
In a study on GERD, 45.6 percent of the people researchers surveyed identified stress as a lifestyle factor that impacted their reflux symptoms. Another study found that an increase in stress leads to an increase in how much acid the stomach secretes. More acid may mean more opportunity for reflux to cause symptoms.
Researchers went on to explore the relationship between yoga and stress, and they found that yoga might help lower the body’s stress response. They found some evidence that yoga may be an effective treatment for GERD and even peptic ulcers.
Researchers for this study didn’t look at yoga as a standalone treatment but rather as part of a treatment plan. More studies are necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of yoga as a standalone treatment.
Here is a video to watch if you’d like to use yoga to help naturally get rid of acid reflux or GERD: