How to manage GERD and live without acid reflux: In a nutshell I simply do two things: I avoid stacking triggers in ways that cause me to have acid reflux and I breathe healthy in order to strengthen my lower esophageal sphincter.
The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is one of over fifty sphincters (somewhat circular muscles) in the human body.
It was alarming to me at first to realize the pervasive effects negative emotional states and bodily tension had upon my experience of acid reflux.
One of the worst trigger foods on my list was breads that are made with fermented doughs, like sourdough or some ciabatta varieties
It was these seemingly contradictory experiences that initially proved so frustrating to me as I tried to manage GERD and eliminate acid reflux from my life.
Stress/tension is actually an umbrella term which can describe any state in which the emotions are undesirable and the body becomes tense as a result.
I discovered that some behaviors could lead to, or intensify a flareup of acid reflux…
There is an abundance of lists on the internet for anyone wanting to get an idea of what foods may trigger acid reflux…
food was not my only trigger, and more importantly I realized I could group all my triggers into 3 distinct classes
GERD is a disease…something was not functioning correctly and I would experience symptoms.