Friday, April 4, 2014

Is There a Link Between Acid Reflux and Depression?

I've been fortunate to hear from some of you first hand to tell me of your experience with acid reflux.

With any chronic condition such as heartburn can be, one tends to notice themes when reading through client correspondence. One in particular is the accompanying depression symptoms that accompany chronic acid reflux.

In this the liquid or food omes up from the stomach and enters into esophagus and this creates pain and heartburn.Reflux is also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

The lower esophageal sphincter (LED) muscles are responsible for closing and opening the esophagus. These muscles act as a valve and when working properly, prevent food and liquids from the stomach from coming back up into the esophagus.

Some sufferers experience chronic reflux disease but do not suffer from heartburn. They report pain in the chest, hoarse throat, dry cough, bad breath and difficulty swallowing.

It does not only bring pain, in long term it can lead to erosion of tooth enamel, cancer, throat damage and respiratory damage. People who suffer at least two per week are considered that they suffer from chronic acid reflux.

Comparing to other chronic problems of reflux, people with chronic GERD have thirty percent extra chance of developing depression when only ten percentage of people suffering otherwise.

It seems that each condition feeds the other. Because of fear of symptoms of acid reflux, people tend not to go out to eat, or socialize as much with friends which can lead to a "shut in" feeling.

Additionally, people often put off doing things they really enjoy because they are spending all their time trying to think up ways to manage their conditions.

As ironic as it seems, some people's unhealthy lifestyles can lead to depression on their own or be exacerbated by GERD. Take alcohol consumption for example. This is a depressive drug to begin with and can trigger acid reflux.

Even if you do not experience depression from your acid reflux condition I would recommend you to try the natural reflux programs. They come with proven results and with no side effects.


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