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Maintaining Long Term Heartburn Acid Reflux Relief | Stop Acid Reflux Now

Maintaining Long Term Heartburn Acid Reflux Relief


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Heartburn acid reflux symptoms aren’t the only reason that you should regularly exercise and maintain a healthy weight, but they can be an important motivator.  It may not seem this way at first, but as you develop new habits and learn to maintain your weight loss, you’ll find that the exercise you include in your lifestyle for improving your acid reflux symptoms leaves you feeling energized and positive.

Exercising releases endorphins in the body, which are chemicals that lift your mood and give you an emotional boost.  Furthermore, endorphins help with digestion and minimize the sensation of pain (they act like a natural pain killer), meaning that exercise will directly benefit the reduction in acid reflux symptoms. 

That being said, acid reflux sufferers should be aware that not every exercise is right for them.  It is important that low impact exercises be selected in order to avoid stimulating reflux.  Timing is also important for exercising, as heightened activity too soon after eating can encourage reflux. 

The best exercises are those that allow you to remain somewhat upright, as opposed to reclined.  For example, weight lifting that requires you to lie on your back will create a larger risk of acid reflux than bicep curls. Similarly, cyclists riding stationary bikes are at a lower risk than those who ride street bikes or mountain bikes, as they are not jostled around from the bumps in the road or trail.  The same thing goes for any kind of exercise that causes you to bounce around, including running.  Similarly, many people find that weight machines are much more acid reflux-friendly than free weights as the exercise is more structured allowing for a better posture while exercising.

When you know you will be exercising, build a habit of eating a light meal ahead of time, and waiting a while before you get started.  The food that you choose before exercising should be low in fats and proteins.  High carbohydrate foods eaten two or more hours in advance should help you to avoid discomfort as you work out.

You already know that drinking water is crucial to healthy exercise, but it is especially important to you if you suffer from heartburn acid reflux. Keeping your fluid levels up allows you to remain hydrated, and helps to neutralize any acids that happen to be in your stomach as you exercise.  If you want something a little different on occasion, try watering down non-carbonated sports drinks to add a bit of flavor to your hydration.

Speak to your doctor to help choose the right exercises and timing for you.  You will likely receive recommendations for toning, stretching, aerobics, and rest.  Take each of these elements seriously and follow the suggested activities carefully.  Keep in mind that everybody has their own reaction to different foods and activities, so what may work for someone else may not work for you. 

With that in mind, don’t let acid reflux keep you from exercising.  Always remind yourself of the importance of exercise to keeping your weight down, your body healthy, and your GERD symptoms under control.  Should you be unsuccessful with one kind of exercise be prepared to try another until you find ones you are happy with and get you the results you are after.

If you can’t seem to find an exercise that will agree with you yet, you may wish to speak to your doctor about taking over-the-counter antacids before you exercise, to avoid the risk of exercise-induced acid reflux symptoms. This may be the help you need to get your weight down to a point where you don’t need antacids anymore when increasing your activity level.

The more you maintain a healthy weight, exercise level and acid reflux friendly diet, the more you should find your heartburn, acid reflux and GERD symptoms decrease.


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One Response

  1. Lorraine Marcus
    September 29th, 2008 | 12:07 am

    Hi,
    I found the info on exercising helpful. I go to the gym three times a week and was wondering if I should stop abs class because I thought it may hinder acid reflux. But after reading your post, I think I will continue to go, and if there is something I find uncomfortable, I will just eliminate that exercise. Thank you for the information. Lorraine

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