Exercising and heartburn can be a common theme together. When someone has heartburn, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) becomes relaxed and allows the acid from the stomach to float up through the esophagus. You see the LES should be closed for business, but acid reflux sufferers find their LES fluctuates between open and closed.
Specific activities cause more heartburn than some others; they include running, heavy weight lifting, high-impact aerobics, sit-ups, heavy biking and jumping movements. So if your stomach is being rattled, or you are doing a lot of bending over, your acid reflux may cause an issue.
What are some safe exercises you can do? First, try to stay in an upright position. Walking, light jogging, swimming, low-impact aerobics, an elliptical and even a stationary bike.
Keep in mind, we all need to do some form of activity during the day. Our bodies need it; our brain needs it, and by doing the right type of exercise your esophagus will thank you for it.
Author: Susan Berman
Susan Berman, M.Ed., CHHC, is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Holistic Health Coach, and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Susan works with acid reflux (AR) and silent acid reflux (SAR) sufferers, general practitioners, and GI-focused health professionals everywhere through her online programs. Susan is the creator of the Healing Acid Reflux online program, focused on natural healing through diet and lifestyle modifications, reducing or eliminating the need for medication. Take the Silent Acid Reflux Quiz, get program information, and contact Susan by visiting www.HealingAcidReflux.com.