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.
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…
food was not my only trigger, and more importantly I realized I could group all my triggers into 3 distinct classes
I decided the only way I would find a solution to managing GERD was to carefully note what was happening before, during and after any experience of acid reflux…
I began trying every “alternative” remedy I could learn about
sometimes a food would trigger the acid reflux and sometimes it would not
Initially I believed I should follow the advice of the several physicians I had consulted or read, and take a few simple actions: lose weight, exercise regularly, quit smoking and avoid foods which are overly acidic. Sound advice I’m sure, but I failed miserably at making even one of these changes