Stress And Heartburn

Heartburn is a condition that afflicts millions of Americans every day. Medically speaking, it is a condition where stomach acid escapes the stomach and reaches up throughout the esophagus. Typically, the esophagus and stomach are separated by mucus covered tissue that seals up the stomach so acid cannot escape. With heartburn, some factor is able to relax or stop the nerves or muscles associated with this tissue from effectively closing the stomach from the esophagus. The result is the “burning” sensation a person will feel around their chest (often people may mistake severe heartburn as a sign of a heart attack) and as far up as their throats. The stomach acid’s corrosive nature dissolves and damages the esophagus tissue and long term bouts of heartburn can harm throat and chest health.

What could cause such a bodily reaction? There are a number of factors, but stress is a major variable to heartburn. Stress influences every person’s body systems, and the digestive system is no exception. Stress can either directly cause heartburn to occur or influences people to make unhealthy lifestyle choices that heighten their chances for heartburn.

Stress can directly cause heartburn by lowering the amount of endorphins in the body. Endorphins help create a level of homeostasis in the body. When that homeostasis is interrupted, the human body and many organs tend to be disrupted in their proper functions. With low endorphins, the digestive system tends to be quick and unable to process complex foods well. As a direct result, the stomach and esophagus tissue may be more relaxed and cause acid to rise up. Stress is also related to the amount of sleep one gets. Sleep is the most effective tool to creating a level of homeostasis for the body. If a person is stressed, they may not receive a good nights sleep or they may sleep less, such as below 8 hours of sleep. The result are strained organs and tissue that may increase the amount of acid in the stomach and its ease of escaping the stomach walls.

Indirectly, stress usually causes people to choose riskier lifestyle choices, usually to calm themselves. For example, ingesting high amounts of alcohol or caffeine, smoking, eating high sugar or fatty foods, tends to cause a disruption in the bio-chemicals in the digestive system. The food especially tends to increase stomach acid or are harder to digest. Caffeinated products and alcohol disrupts the stomach’s acidic environment and will often increase the amount of stomach acid. These factors, supplementing the already high stress a person’s body is going through, causes stomach acid to rise.

Long term damage from heartburn is nothing to scoff at. People who chronically or regularly experience heartburn may permanently damage their esophagus and the quality of life for these people is severely diminished due to pain and difficulty digesting food. Please, if there are any daily symptoms of heartburn, contacting a doctor should be done as soon as possible. Contact  Reflux Remedy for more important information concerning heartburn, its consequences, and how one can effectively treat it.