4 Tips On Relieving Heartburn During Exercise

I am thankful that I am healthy in most ways. One way I wish I was healthier is with digestive issues specifically reflux. I love exercising and getting a good sweat on, but when I get bouts of reflux during exercise, it makes it a lot less enjoyable and I am not able to exert much energy.

I can say that with my lifestyle and diet changes, I do have less frequent bouts of reflux during exercise. This is one reason I am setting out to be a health coach. The other reason is to help millennials that have anxiety/stress and other digestive issues, so that they can exercise without any digestive issues arising.

I have gotten a good amount of lab tests done and they have ruled out some diagnoses, but not others. Before I get the remainder of the lab tests completed, I am out to find ways that may relieve my reflux, and to educate people who are going through the same thing.

One reason I have found that may be problematic for me, and many other people is that exercise can trigger heartburn because the LES (lower esophageal muscle) muscle is weak or too relaxed, causing burping while exercising. (1)

I found some tips that have helped me,

1) Experimenting with when, and what, to eat before exercise
2)Stay vertical (no planks, and no inverted poses)
3) Experimenting with different workouts to see which ones cause
more issues
4) Finding the fine line between, when reflux starts and how hard I can push myself (it is easier to tell on cardio machines, for me at least)

I obviously don’t want to have to do this every time but it is worth it because I know even a little bit of a workout is better than nothing at all. I am a soon-to-be health coach that will be educating millennials on ways to better heal the body, outside of taking medications for the long-term.

RESOURCES
1)https://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/features/6-tips-ease-exercise-heartburn#2

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