By Rose Wellness Center | 12/10/2020

5 Habits That Cause Acid Reflux & Indigestion

5 Habits That Cause Acid Reflux & Indigestion

Acid reflux can be caused for a variety of reasons, including a weak esophageal sphincter, a hiatal hernia or dietary and lifestyle choices. If your acid reflux is caused by dietary and lifestyle choices, changing your habits can relieve your symptoms.

Acid reflux is a painful condition caused by stomach acids rising into the esophagus. The symptoms of acid reflux include pain or discomfort in your chest, a bitter taste, regurgitation, burping, nausea after eating and bloating. If acid reflux is not treated, it can damage the esophagus, causing scarring and narrowing of the esophagus.

5 Unhealthy Habits That Cause Acid Reflux & Indigestion:

1.Poor Eating Habits

What you eat may trigger acid reflux. Greasy foods, spicy foods and carbonated beverages can increase your risk of acid reflux. Additionally, eating starchy food items in conjunction with protein can cause acid reflux and indigestion.

2.Food Intolerances

If you suffer with food intolerances, it can cause bloating, heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux. The most common food intolerances include wheat and dairy products. Because the body is unable to break down intolerant foods, the body produces more and more stomach acids that can increase the risk of acid reflux.

3.Obesity

Many people who are overweight consume large meals. Large meals can exert pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter, causing it to partially open and allow stomach acids to fill into the esophagus. Losing excess weight with a safe, sensible diet and moderate exercise can help improve acid reflux in those who are overweight.

4.Stress

Everyone knows that stress is bad for the body. But, did you realize that increased stress could exaggerate the symptoms of acid reflux? Stress increases the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that affects how digestion occurs. To help alleviate acid reflux, use a variety of stress relieving techniques, such as meditation, yoga and acupuncture.

5.Water

Did you know that water could cause acid reflux? Drinking too many fluids during your meal can dilute the stomach acids needed for digestions. Although this seems counterintuitive, you should limit the amount of water you drink during a meal. Limiting your fluid intake will help the food to digest faster and thus lowering the risk of acid reflux.

Check out our Digestive Health program and Gastrointestinal Functional Testing to help you feel your best! Our Digestive Health specialist will get to the root cause and help you using a more natural and holistic approach.

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