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Deep Breathing Can Help with Heartburn

Cheryl is a licensed, ordained minister and has a BA in Psychology and Church ministry.

Breath slowly

Breath slowly

Facts about heartburn

Are you finding that your food seems to stay in your throat, to comes back up when you belch? Does your throat, chest, and ears burn after eating? Have you ever been lying down and wake up to liquid coming out of your nose shortly after you have eaten? Perhaps you have a tickle in your throat that makes you cough and it seems your food has gone down the wrong way. Have you ever been abruptly woke from sleep to find you cannot get air in your lungs? All of this is pretty scary and most likely is a gastrointestinal issue. If you have been diagnosed with heartburn related issues and are seeing a doctor and taking a prescribed medication please do not stop. DO read on to find out how you might be able to relieve your suffering naturally. According to Everyday Health, increasing evidence is revealing that the right manner of breathing can bring relief from, GERD, (heartburn, acid indigestion, acid reflux). This information comes from an Australian study that involved individuals with obstructive sleep apnea. When breathing is interrupted because of sleep apnea, this can result in nighttime gastroesophageal reflux. This may lead to the necessity of the use of a continuous positive airway pressure machine, (A CPAP), in order to regulate apnea and ease reflux symptoms. Breathing correctly and more mindfully, may assist in reducing stress and anxiety in addition to providing relief from GERD. Stress is considered a major trigger for bad breathing habits as well as a number of other health-related issues. Once you learn focused breathing this can assist in your breaking the cycle.

Breathing may defeat heaartburn

Breathing may defeat heaartburn

Deep Breathing might be your answer

Here is what is suggested in order to obtain natural relief for your misery. Breathe more slowly and deeply. One way to do this is to inhale through the nose, slowly and hold for a few seconds. Next, breathe slowly out through your mouth. Do this in sets of 10. Whenever you are anxious or stressed, your breathing automatically becomes more shallow. Begin to become more aware of your breathing throughout the day so that you can use the technique to slow it down when you’re feeling more anxious. Learning diaphragmatic breathing is a plus and. here is how it is done. This is the healthiest method of deep breathing: Sit up straight but comfortable while breathing normally. Place one hand over your stomach and the other over your chest. Breathe in deeply using your diaphragm so that the hand that's on your belly moves but the hand on your chest does not. Picture air entering low in your stomach rather than high in your chest. Begin eating and drinking more slowly. This cuts down on the air that ends up in your stomach instead of your lungs. Don’t smoke. because cigarettes are indeed linked with reflux and smoking makes it difficult for you to "breathe fully and correctly".



Lower Esophgeal Sphincter

Lower Esophgeal Sphincter

The Sphincter

The root of all of this gastrointestinal trouble is a small ring of muscle which is located where the esophagus joins the stomach. This muscle is known as the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, or LES. It usually stays tightly closed and keeps the harsh stomach acid in the stomach where it belongs. The LES is only supposed to open in order to allow swallowed food to enter the stomach. it then should quickly close again. If the LES becomes weakened, acid from the stomach is able to splash into the esophagus where it causes nasty, painful, heartburn. Deep breathing along with a few lifestyle tweaks can help strengthen the LES. Make sure you do not eat late at night. When you do eat, allow a few hours for your food to digest before laying down. Practice sitting up straight as this will allow the food to flow through your digestive system as it should. According to Health For You, the technique mentioned earlier is called diaphragmatic breathing therapy, abdominal breathing, or “belly breathing”. Focus on using the diaphragm muscle to breathe rather than chest muscles is very beneficial. The diaphragm is a large dome-shaped muscle and it "separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity". The diaphragm also applies pressure around the esophagus and the sphincter. The Oesophageal Patients Association says that acid reflux is more common when lying down because gravity does not oppose the reflux the way it does when you are in an upright position. This reduced effect of gravity also will allow the acid to stay in your food tube longer than it should. This causes the acidic content to reach your mouth easily. It is also recommended that you don't lie down for up to 3 hours after eating food and 2 hours after drinking liquids. These recommendations along with deep breathing should be pretty beneficial.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston

Comments

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 15, 2020:

Thanks, Peggy that's a great suggestion

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2020:

Your suggestions are certainly worth a try. For people with severe GERD, sleeping when propped up on pillows can also help.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 15, 2020:

GERDs is a common problem and I really like your suggestions. We don't always think of sitting up straight in a chair or deep breathing.