Acid Reflux & Stress

We’ve all experienced those ‘fluttery butterfly’ or ‘tight knot’ feelings in our stomach during times of stress.

Whether it’s before a big life event you’re looking forward to or dreading, a crucial working meeting, exams or just life tending to be hectic at times, our stomach can feel tight, ‘bubbly’, uneasy or we can be so nervous we feel sick. That’s because anxiety or worry caused by stressful or emotional events can upset the delicate balance of digestion.1

Nervous young man hands

How is stress connected to acid reflux?

The gut is intimately connected to the brain and is sensitive to emotion – stress, anxiety, excitement, anger – which can all trigger responsive symptoms.2

For some, stress slows digestion down and for others it speeds it up which can cause a range of gut issues.1 From constipation to the opposite end of the scale when you find yourself dashing to the loo1, indigestion, loss of appetite, increased appetite, stomach cramps and nausea can all be knock-on effects of the stressful emotions we’re feeling.3

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a symptom of indigestion and the root cause of heartburn which is a burning feeling in the chest as stomach acid travels towards the throat.

If stress has impacted your digestion, you might find your heartburn is worse or more frequent during these times.

Woman stressed

The connection between acid reflux and stress

Some experts believe a stress-induced nervous system response can increase the amount of acid in your stomach.4

It’s also thought anxiety may reduce pressure in the muscular band (the lower oesophageal sphincter) which prevents stomach contents and acid from entering the oesophagus – the food tube which links the mouth to the stomach.5

On the whole ongoing stress and anxiety is not good for the digestive system and can make existing conditions such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) – which is regular, reoccurring acid reflux – peptic ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome worse.4

Equally, frequent episodes of acid reflux and heartburn can also be a major source of stress and worry for sufferers if it regularly impacts day-to-day life leading to a vicious circle of anxiety.

If you think you’re suffering from stress-related acid reflux – or any of the stress-linked digestive issues – lifestyle changes can make a real difference.

Alongside cutting down or avoiding heartburn and acid reflux dietary triggers such as alcohol, coffee, fatty or spicy foods, tomatoes, citrus fruits and chocolate, try to find ways to help you relax and cope better with the stressful situations life can throw our way.

How can I reduce stress?

Exercise – it isn’t a magic wand but being active and getting out for a walk, jog, bike ride or going for a swim can help to clear your thoughts and reduce emotional intensity. It also releases chemicals which can help lift your mood.6

Share your worries or concerns with friends and family, do activities together and have fun together – laughter is a great stress reliever.6

Make some time for yourself to do the things you enjoy. Shut the laptop, switch off the phone and leave the worries behind to focus on what makes you happy. It’s called self-care and means your looking after your needs instead of everyone else’s.6

Take control of the situations that are stressing you out – adopt some time management techniques, there’s some great tips7 here.

Try yoga, meditation or some calming breathing exercises, designed to relieve stress, anxiety and panic attacks.7

These lifestyle changes should start to have an impact if you give them time.

Two woman practising yoga

woman drinking water

How to prevent acid reflux & heartburn symptoms

Other ways to reduce or prevent acid reflux and heartburn symptoms from occurring include losing excessive weight, stopping smoking – which can weaken the lower oesophageal sphincter allowing stomach acid to travel up towards the throat – and eating properly to aid digestion.

Busy lives mean we tend to gulp down food at work or when we’re dashing about and then grab a takeaway at teatime – our guts don’t thank us for that!

Try to take time eating your food, don’t eat too much – four or five smaller portions are better than three large meals – eat regularly and at meal times and avoiding eating two to three hours before bed.

Last but not least, drink plenty of water.

Speaking to a GP & omeprazole over the counter

If lifestyle changes and medicines such as antacids aren’t helping – and you have heartburn most days for three weeks or more – speak to your GP who can provide stronger over the counter treatments such as omeprazole.8

Available to buy in pharmacies, Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets contain omeprazole which is a widely used treatment for the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux and works to reduce the amount of acid your stomach makes.9

Learn more about Pyrocalm Control & Omeprazole

Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets (omeprazole) are used in adults for the short-term treatment of reflux symptoms (e.g. heartburn, acid regurgitation, acid reflux). Always read the label.

Find out more about Pyrocalm Control.

Learn more about omeprazole and how it works.

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Pyrocalm Control® 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets. For the short-term treatment of reflux symptoms in adults.
Contains 20 mg Omeprazole. Always read the label. Medicines can affect the unborn baby.
Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

Acid Reflux & Stress

We’ve all experienced those ‘fluttery butterfly’ or ‘tight knot’ feelings in our stomach during times of stress.

Whether it’s before a big life event you’re looking forward to or dreading, a crucial working meeting, exams or just life tending to be hectic at times, our stomach can feel tight, ‘bubbly’, uneasy or we can be so nervous we feel sick. That’s because anxiety or worry caused by stressful or emotional events can upset the delicate balance of digestion.1

Nervous young man hands

How is stress connected to acid reflux?

The gut is intimately connected to the brain and is sensitive to emotion – stress, anxiety, excitement, anger – which can all trigger responsive symptoms.2

For some, stress slows digestion down and for others it speeds it up which can cause a range of gut issues.1 From constipation to the opposite end of the scale when you find yourself dashing to the loo1, indigestion, loss of appetite, increased appetite, stomach cramps and nausea can all be knock-on effects of the stressful emotions we’re feeling.3

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a symptom of indigestion and the root cause of heartburn which is a burning feeling in the chest as stomach acid travels towards the throat.

If stress has impacted your digestion, you might find your heartburn is worse or more frequent during these times.

Woman stressed

The connection between acid reflux and stress

Some experts believe a stress-induced nervous system response can increase the amount of acid in your stomach.4

It’s also thought anxiety may reduce pressure in the muscular band (the lower oesophageal sphincter) which prevents stomach contents and acid from entering the oesophagus – the food tube which links the mouth to the stomach.5

On the whole ongoing stress and anxiety is not good for the digestive system and can make existing conditions such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) – which is regular, reoccurring acid reflux – peptic ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome worse.4

Equally, frequent episodes of acid reflux and heartburn can also be a major source of stress and worry for sufferers if it regularly impacts day-to-day life leading to a vicious circle of anxiety.

If you think you’re suffering from stress-related acid reflux – or any of the stress-linked digestive issues – lifestyle changes can make a real difference.

Alongside cutting down or avoiding heartburn and acid reflux dietary triggers such as alcohol, coffee, fatty or spicy foods, tomatoes, citrus fruits and chocolate, try to find ways to help you relax and cope better with the stressful situations life can throw our way.

How can I reduce stress?

Exercise – it isn’t a magic wand but being active and getting out for a walk, jog, bike ride or going for a swim can help to clear your thoughts and reduce emotional intensity. It also releases chemicals which can help lift your mood.6

Share your worries or concerns with friends and family, do activities together and have fun together – laughter is a great stress reliever.6

Make some time for yourself to do the things you enjoy. Shut the laptop, switch off the phone and leave the worries behind to focus on what makes you happy. It’s called self-care and means your looking after your needs instead of everyone else’s.6

Take control of the situations that are stressing you out – adopt some time management techniques, there’s some great tips7 here.

Try yoga, meditation or some calming breathing exercises, designed to relieve stress, anxiety and panic attacks.7

These lifestyle changes should start to have an impact if you give them time.

Two woman practising yoga

Speaking to a GP & omeprazole over the counter

If lifestyle changes and medicines such as antacids aren’t helping – and you have heartburn most days for three weeks or more – speak to your GP who can provide stronger over the counter treatments such as omeprazole.8

Available to buy in pharmacies, Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets contain omeprazole which is a widely used treatment for the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux and works to reduce the amount of acid your stomach makes.9

Learn more about Pyrocalm Control & Omeprazole

Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets (omeprazole) are used in adults for the short-term treatment of reflux symptoms (e.g. heartburn, acid regurgitation, acid reflux). Always read the label.

Find out more about Pyrocalm Control.

Learn more about omeprazole and how it works.

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Pyrocalm Control® 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets. For the short-term treatment of reflux symptoms in adults.
Contains 20 mg Omeprazole. Always read the label. Medicines can affect the unborn baby.
Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

Acid Reflux & Stress

We’ve all experienced those ‘fluttery butterfly’ or ‘tight knot’ feelings in our stomach during times of stress.

Whether it’s before a big life event you’re looking forward to or dreading, a crucial working meeting, exams or just life tending to be hectic at times, our stomach can feel tight, ‘bubbly’, uneasy or we can be so nervous we feel sick. That’s because anxiety or worry caused by stressful or emotional events can upset the delicate balance of digestion.1

Nervous young man hands

How is stress connected to acid reflux?

The gut is intimately connected to the brain and is sensitive to emotion – stress, anxiety, excitement, anger – which can all trigger responsive symptoms.2

For some, stress slows digestion down and for others it speeds it up which can cause a range of gut issues.1 From constipation to the opposite end of the scale when you find yourself dashing to the loo1, indigestion, loss of appetite, increased appetite, stomach cramps and nausea can all be knock-on effects of the stressful emotions we’re feeling.3

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a symptom of indigestion and the root cause of heartburn which is a burning feeling in the chest as stomach acid travels towards the throat.

If stress has impacted your digestion, you might find your heartburn is worse or more frequent during these times.

Woman stressed

The connection between acid reflux and stress

Some experts believe a stress-induced nervous system response can increase the amount of acid in your stomach.4

It’s also thought anxiety may reduce pressure in the muscular band (the lower oesophageal sphincter) which prevents stomach contents and acid from entering the oesophagus – the food tube which links the mouth to the stomach.5

On the whole ongoing stress and anxiety is not good for the digestive system and can make existing conditions such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) – which is regular, reoccurring acid reflux – peptic ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome worse.4

Equally, frequent episodes of acid reflux and heartburn can also be a major source of stress and worry for sufferers if it regularly impacts day-to-day life leading to a vicious circle of anxiety.

If you think you’re suffering from stress-related acid reflux – or any of the stress-linked digestive issues – lifestyle changes can make a real difference.

Alongside cutting down or avoiding heartburn and acid reflux dietary triggers such as alcohol, coffee, fatty or spicy foods, tomatoes, citrus fruits and chocolate, try to find ways to help you relax and cope better with the stressful situations life can throw our way.

How can I reduce stress?

Exercise – it isn’t a magic wand but being active and getting out for a walk, jog, bike ride or going for a swim can help to clear your thoughts and reduce emotional intensity. It also releases chemicals which can help lift your mood.6

Share your worries or concerns with friends and family, do activities together and have fun together – laughter is a great stress reliever.6

Make some time for yourself to do the things you enjoy. Shut the laptop, switch off the phone and leave the worries behind to focus on what makes you happy. It’s called self-care and means your looking after your needs instead of everyone else’s.6

Take control of the situations that are stressing you out – adopt some time management techniques, there’s some great tips7 here.

Try yoga, meditation or some calming breathing exercises, designed to relieve stress, anxiety and panic attacks.7

These lifestyle changes should start to have an impact if you give them time.

Two woman practising yoga

Speaking to a GP about heartburn & over the counter treatment

We can all struggle making changes to our diets but when the result is feeling better and getting your you back, you’ve got to admit it’s well worth it!

If lifestyle changes and medicines such as antacids aren’t helping – and you have heartburn most days for three weeks or more – speak to your GP who can provide stronger over the counter treatments such as omeprazole.1

Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets contain omeprazole which is a widely used treatment for the symptoms of indigestion, including heartburn and acid reflux and works to reduce the amount of acid your stomach makes.

Omeprazole can be taken by pregnant and breastfeeding women over 18 years of age.9

To find out how omeprazole works head to our blog

Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets (omeprazole) are used in adults for the short-term treatment of reflux symptoms (e.g. heartburn, acid regurgitation, acid reflux). Always read the label.

IMPORTANT: Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

Find out where to buy Pyrocalm Control here

* You should seek medical attention if you suspect your symptoms relate to a more serious condition such as a heart attack

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Pyrocalm Control® 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets. For the short-term treatment of reflux symptoms in adults.
Contains 20 mg Omeprazole. Always read the label. Medicines can affect the unborn baby.
Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

Acid Reflux & Stress

We’ve all experienced those ‘fluttery butterfly’ or ‘tight knot’ feelings in our stomach during times of stress.

Whether it’s before a big life event you’re looking forward to or dreading, a crucial working meeting, exams or just life tending to be hectic at times, our stomach can feel tight, ‘bubbly’, uneasy or we can be so nervous we feel sick. That’s because anxiety or worry caused by stressful or emotional events can upset the delicate balance of digestion.1

Nervous young man hands

How is stress connected to acid reflux?

The gut is intimately connected to the brain and is sensitive to emotion – stress, anxiety, excitement, anger – which can all trigger responsive symptoms.2

For some, stress slows digestion down and for others it speeds it up which can cause a range of gut issues.1 From constipation to the opposite end of the scale when you find yourself dashing to the loo1, indigestion, loss of appetite, increased appetite, stomach cramps and nausea can all be knock-on effects of the stressful emotions we’re feeling.3

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a symptom of indigestion and the root cause of heartburn which is a burning feeling in the chest as stomach acid travels towards the throat.

If stress has impacted your digestion, you might find your heartburn is worse or more frequent during these times.

picnic food

What’s behind holiday heartburn?

There are several reasons why heartburn may occur more often or seem more severe on holiday and in summer generally2 – one of the most obvious being what we eat and drink and the amount we consume.

Of course, we want to make the most of our time away and enjoy all the getaway fare on offer so it can be related to a tendency to over-indulge and eat the things we’d normally limit when at home.

It can be hard to resist all the holiday treats on offer and they’re often the foods that cause heartburn or are linked to making it worse such as fatty and spicy foods.1

Think of all those tempting dining out opportunities and fried or rich, creamy foods that are always found on the holiday menu – ice creams, chips, all you can eat buffets, pastries, pasties not to mention a host of local specialities to try.

We’re also likely to partake in a BBQ or two which again usually involves fatty food such as burgers – even the humble a tomato1, a BBQ salad staple, is another known trigger food can be found in BBQ sauce and obviously ketchup.

Alcohol is another common cause of heartburn and in variably it goes hand in hand with holidays.

Cocktails by the pool, wine, fizz, and beer on tap in the evenings – it’s a heady mix of opportunities for heartburn to strike.

Alongside food and drink, your holiday heartburn could be linked to anxiety around a change in routine4 or the stress of preparation.

It may even be due to sitting down for longer after eating and you may find yourself suffering from it while on a lengthy flight to your holiday destination.4

woman drinking water

How to prevent acid reflux & heartburn symptoms

Other ways to reduce or prevent acid reflux and heartburn symptoms from occurring include losing excessive weight, stopping smoking – which can weaken the lower oesophageal sphincter allowing stomach acid to travel up towards the throat – and eating properly to aid digestion.

Busy lives mean we tend to gulp down food at work or when we’re dashing about and then grab a takeaway at teatime – our guts don’t thank us for that!

Try to take time eating your food, don’t eat too much – four or five smaller portions are better than three large meals – eat regularly and at meal times and avoiding eating two to three hours before bed.

Last but not least, drink plenty of water.

Woman asleep in bed

How to relieve heartburn

For regular sufferers when it comes to food and drink it’s best to keep those triggers to a minimum or avoid them altogether if you can.

There are often tasty alternatives to rich and fatty food.

For example, lean, grilled meat and low-fat salad dressings – for more alternatives check out our Diet and heartburn blog.

Eating smaller more frequent meals can also help as overeating can cause or make heartburn worse.1

Try to avoid eating within three to four hours of going to bed and if you do find heartburn interrupts your sleep, raise the head end of your bed 10-20cm so your chest is above waist level. This helps to stop acid from travelling up towards the throat.

Alcohol is thought to make your stomach produce more acid and can relax the muscular ring which joins the stomach to the oesophagus to stop the acid leaking through.5

While it may be hard to resist on holiday, if alcohol is one of your heartburn triggers it’s best to keep it to a minimum or cut it out completely.

Time to relax!

Holidays are a great opportunity to get away from it all and leave day-to-day worries behind which can be a good thing for those suffering from stress or anxiety related heartburn.

Stress and anxiety can both trigger acid reflux1 so make the most of your relaxation time.

Exercise is great for both physical and mental wellbeing and on holiday you’ll probably end up being physically active without even realising!

A swim in the pool or sea, sightseeing walks, cycling along the coast or up a mountain – many of the things we love to do on our vacation or staycation trips which have all-round health benefits for body and mind.

You can find out more about stress and anxiety related heartburn and ways to tackle it in our blog.

couple walking a dog

Further help

If lifestyle changes aren’t helping to relieve or prevent your heartburn and you have symptoms most days for three weeks or more – speak to your GP who can provide stronger treatments.1

A heartburn remedy such as omeprazole, which is the main ingredient in Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets, is a widely used treatment for heartburn and acid reflux and can be taken by adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.6

Omeprazole is a medicine known as a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) which works to reduce the amount of acid your stomach makes by interrupting the acid production process.7

This helps to reduce the pain or discomfort in the chest or stomach and so allows the body to reduce any inflammation caused by stomach acid leaking into the oesophagus.7

Pyrocalm Control is available to buy over-the-counter – find out more here.

Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets (omeprazole) are used in adults for the short-term treatment of reflux symptoms (e.g. heartburn, acid regurgitation, acid reflux). Always read the label.

Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

References:

1 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heartburn-and-acid-reflux/
2 https://www.healio.com/news/gastroenterology/20180702/summer-is-the-worst-season-for-frequent-heartburn
3 https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/stomach-liver-and-gastrointestinal-tract/gastro-oesophageal-reflux-disease-gord
4 https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/wellbeing/a28627/heartburn-on-holiday/
5 https://drinkwelluk.com/blogs/news/which-wine-is-most-acidic
6 https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/omeprazole/
7 https://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/professional-resources/documents/clinical-guidelines/gastroenterology/proton-pump-inhibitors-patient-information-leaflet.pdf

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Acid Reflux & Stress

We’ve all experienced those ‘fluttery butterfly’ or ‘tight knot’ feelings in our stomach during times of stress.

Whether it’s before a big life event you’re looking forward to or dreading, a crucial working meeting, exams or just life tending to be hectic at times, our stomach can feel tight, ‘bubbly’, uneasy or we can be so nervous we feel sick. That’s because anxiety or worry caused by stressful or emotional events can upset the delicate balance of digestion.1

Nervous young man hands

How is stress connected to acid reflux?

The gut is intimately connected to the brain and is sensitive to emotion – stress, anxiety, excitement, anger – which can all trigger responsive symptoms.2

For some, stress slows digestion down and for others it speeds it up which can cause a range of gut issues.1 From constipation to the opposite end of the scale when you find yourself dashing to the loo1, indigestion, loss of appetite, increased appetite, stomach cramps and nausea can all be knock-on effects of the stressful emotions we’re feeling.3

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a symptom of indigestion and the root cause of heartburn which is a burning feeling in the chest as stomach acid travels towards the throat.

If stress has impacted your digestion, you might find your heartburn is worse or more frequent during these times.

So, what foods and drinks may be causing your symptoms?

Woman stressed

The connection between acid reflux and stress

Some experts believe a stress-induced nervous system response can increase the amount of acid in your stomach.4

It’s also thought anxiety may reduce pressure in the muscular band (the lower oesophageal sphincter) which prevents stomach contents and acid from entering the oesophagus – the food tube which links the mouth to the stomach.5

On the whole ongoing stress and anxiety is not good for the digestive system and can make existing conditions such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) – which is regular, reoccurring acid reflux – peptic ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome worse.4

Equally, frequent episodes of acid reflux and heartburn can also be a major source of stress and worry for sufferers if it regularly impacts day-to-day life leading to a vicious circle of anxiety.

If you think you’re suffering from stress-related acid reflux – or any of the stress-linked digestive issues – lifestyle changes can make a real difference.

Alongside cutting down or avoiding heartburn and acid reflux dietary triggers such as alcohol, coffee, fatty or spicy foods, tomatoes, citrus fruits and chocolate, try to find ways to help you relax and cope better with the stressful situations life can throw our way.

Are there any foods which will help to reduce the risk of heartburn?

How can I reduce stress?

Exercise – it isn’t a magic wand but being active and getting out for a walk, jog, bike ride or going for a swim can help to clear your thoughts and reduce emotional intensity. It also releases chemicals which can help lift your mood.6

Share your worries or concerns with friends and family, do activities together and have fun together – laughter is a great stress reliever.6

Make some time for yourself to do the things you enjoy. Shut the laptop, switch off the phone and leave the worries behind to focus on what makes you happy. It’s called self-care and means your looking after your needs instead of everyone else’s.6

Take control of the situations that are stressing you out – adopt some time management techniques, there’s some great tips7 here.

Try yoga, meditation or some calming breathing exercises, designed to relieve stress, anxiety and panic attacks.7

These lifestyle changes should start to have an impact if you give them time.

Two woman practising yoga

What other dietary lifestyle changes may help?

woman drinking water

How to prevent acid reflux & heartburn symptoms

Other ways to reduce or prevent acid reflux and heartburn symptoms from occurring include losing excessive weight, stopping smoking – which can weaken the lower oesophageal sphincter allowing stomach acid to travel up towards the throat – and eating properly to aid digestion.

Busy lives mean we tend to gulp down food at work or when we’re dashing about and then grab a takeaway at teatime – our guts don’t thank us for that!

Try to take time eating your food, don’t eat too much – four or five smaller portions are better than three large meals – eat regularly and at meal times and avoiding eating two to three hours before bed.

Last but not least, drink plenty of water.

Speaking to a GP & omeprazole over the counter

If lifestyle changes and medicines such as antacids aren’t helping – and you have heartburn most days for three weeks or more – speak to your GP who can provide stronger over the counter treatments such as omeprazole.8

Available to buy in pharmacies, Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets contain omeprazole which is a widely used treatment for the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux and works to reduce the amount of acid your stomach makes.9

Learn more about Pyrocalm Control & Omeprazole

Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets (omeprazole) are used in adults for the short-term treatment of reflux symptoms (e.g. heartburn, acid regurgitation, acid reflux). Always read the label.

Find out more about Pyrocalm Control.

Learn more about omeprazole and how it works.

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Pyrocalm Control® 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets. For the short-term treatment of reflux symptoms in adults.
Contains 20 mg Omeprazole. Always read the label. Medicines can affect the unborn baby.
Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

Acid Reflux & Stress

We’ve all experienced those ‘fluttery butterfly’ or ‘tight knot’ feelings in our stomach during times of stress.

Whether it’s before a big life event you’re looking forward to or dreading, a crucial working meeting, exams or just life tending to be hectic at times, our stomach can feel tight, ‘bubbly’, uneasy or we can be so nervous we feel sick. That’s because anxiety or worry caused by stressful or emotional events can upset the delicate balance of digestion.1

Nervous young man hands

How is stress connected to acid reflux?

The gut is intimately connected to the brain and is sensitive to emotion – stress, anxiety, excitement, anger – which can all trigger responsive symptoms.2

For some, stress slows digestion down and for others it speeds it up which can cause a range of gut issues.1 From constipation to the opposite end of the scale when you find yourself dashing to the loo1, indigestion, loss of appetite, increased appetite, stomach cramps and nausea can all be knock-on effects of the stressful emotions we’re feeling.3

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a symptom of indigestion and the root cause of heartburn which is a burning feeling in the chest as stomach acid travels towards the throat.

If stress has impacted your digestion, you might find your heartburn is worse or more frequent during these times.

Woman stressed

The connection between acid reflux and stress

Some experts believe a stress-induced nervous system response can increase the amount of acid in your stomach.4

It’s also thought anxiety may reduce pressure in the muscular band (the lower oesophageal sphincter) which prevents stomach contents and acid from entering the oesophagus – the food tube which links the mouth to the stomach.5

On the whole ongoing stress and anxiety is not good for the digestive system and can make existing conditions such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) – which is regular, reoccurring acid reflux – peptic ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome worse.4

Equally, frequent episodes of acid reflux and heartburn can also be a major source of stress and worry for sufferers if it regularly impacts day-to-day life leading to a vicious circle of anxiety.

If you think you’re suffering from stress-related acid reflux – or any of the stress-linked digestive issues – lifestyle changes can make a real difference.

Alongside cutting down or avoiding heartburn and acid reflux dietary triggers such as alcohol, coffee, fatty or spicy foods, tomatoes, citrus fruits and chocolate, try to find ways to help you relax and cope better with the stressful situations life can throw our way.

What can I do for heartburn relief during pregnancy?

How can I reduce stress?

Exercise – it isn’t a magic wand but being active and getting out for a walk, jog, bike ride or going for a swim can help to clear your thoughts and reduce emotional intensity. It also releases chemicals which can help lift your mood.6

Share your worries or concerns with friends and family, do activities together and have fun together – laughter is a great stress reliever.6

Make some time for yourself to do the things you enjoy. Shut the laptop, switch off the phone and leave the worries behind to focus on what makes you happy. It’s called self-care and means your looking after your needs instead of everyone else’s.6

Take control of the situations that are stressing you out – adopt some time management techniques, there’s some great tips7 here.

Try yoga, meditation or some calming breathing exercises, designed to relieve stress, anxiety and panic attacks.7

These lifestyle changes should start to have an impact if you give them time.

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References:

1 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heartburn-and-acid-reflux/
2 https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/related-conditions/common-symptoms/indigestion-and-heartburn/
3 https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/dyspepsia-pregnancy-associated/
4 https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ask-the-expert/babies-children/a9916/heartburn-during-pregnancy/
5 https://www.nct.org.uk/pregnancy/worries-and-discomforts/common-discomforts/heartburn-indigestion-and-acid-reflux-pregnancy
6 https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/omeprazole/
7 https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/663/smpc

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Acid Reflux & Stress

We’ve all experienced those ‘fluttery butterfly’ or ‘tight knot’ feelings in our stomach during times of stress.

Whether it’s before a big life event you’re looking forward to or dreading, a crucial working meeting, exams or just life tending to be hectic at times, our stomach can feel tight, ‘bubbly’, uneasy or we can be so nervous we feel sick. That’s because anxiety or worry caused by stressful or emotional events can upset the delicate balance of digestion.1

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How is stress connected to acid reflux?

The gut is intimately connected to the brain and is sensitive to emotion – stress, anxiety, excitement, anger – which can all trigger responsive symptoms.2

For some, stress slows digestion down and for others it speeds it up which can cause a range of gut issues.1 From constipation to the opposite end of the scale when you find yourself dashing to the loo1, indigestion, loss of appetite, increased appetite, stomach cramps and nausea can all be knock-on effects of the stressful emotions we’re feeling.3

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a symptom of indigestion and the root cause of heartburn which is a burning feeling in the chest as stomach acid travels towards the throat.

If stress has impacted your digestion, you might find your heartburn is worse or more frequent during these times.

What Is Omeprazole?

Omeprazole is a widely used treatment for heartburn and acid reflux. It reduces the amount of acid your stomach makes.8

What Is Omeprazole Used For?

Omeprazole helps to reduce the pain or discomfort in your chest or stomach and so allows the body to reduce any inflammation9 caused by stomach acid leaking into the gullet.

Can Omeprazole Be Used During Pregnancy?

Omeprazole can be used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding and it may be used if lifestyle changes, such as eating smaller meals more often and avoiding fatty and spicy foods, aren’t working.8

IMPORTANT: Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

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References:

1 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heartburn-and-acid-reflux/
2 https://gutscharity.org.uk/advice-and-information/symptoms/heartburn-and-reflux/
3 https://gutscharity.org.uk/advice-and-information/symptoms/heartburn-and-reflux/
4 https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/medical/drug-cabinet/proton-pump-inhibitors
6 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/antacids/
7 https://www.pyrocalmcontrol.co.uk/how-it-works/
8 https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/omeprazole/

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We’ve all experienced those ‘fluttery butterfly’ or ‘tight knot’ feelings in our stomach during times of stress.

Whether it’s before a big life event you’re looking forward to or dreading, a crucial working meeting, exams or just life tending to be hectic at times, our stomach can feel tight, ‘bubbly’, uneasy or we can be so nervous we feel sick. That’s because anxiety or worry caused by stressful or emotional events can upset the delicate balance of digestion.1

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How is stress connected to acid reflux?

The gut is intimately connected to the brain and is sensitive to emotion – stress, anxiety, excitement, anger – which can all trigger responsive symptoms.2

For some, stress slows digestion down and for others it speeds it up which can cause a range of gut issues.1 From constipation to the opposite end of the scale when you find yourself dashing to the loo1, indigestion, loss of appetite, increased appetite, stomach cramps and nausea can all be knock-on effects of the stressful emotions we’re feeling.3

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a symptom of indigestion and the root cause of heartburn which is a burning feeling in the chest as stomach acid travels towards the throat.

If stress has impacted your digestion, you might find your heartburn is worse or more frequent during these times.

How can I reduce stress?

Exercise – it isn’t a magic wand but being active and getting out for a walk, jog, bike ride or going for a swim can help to clear your thoughts and reduce emotional intensity. It also releases chemicals which can help lift your mood.6

Share your worries or concerns with friends and family, do activities together and have fun together – laughter is a great stress reliever.6

Make some time for yourself to do the things you enjoy. Shut the laptop, switch off the phone and leave the worries behind to focus on what makes you happy. It’s called self-care and means your looking after your needs instead of everyone else’s.6

Take control of the situations that are stressing you out – adopt some time management techniques, there’s some great tips7 here.

Try yoga, meditation or some calming breathing exercises, designed to relieve stress, anxiety and panic attacks.7

These lifestyle changes should start to have an impact if you give them time.

Two woman practising yoga

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How to prevent acid reflux & heartburn symptoms

Other ways to reduce or prevent acid reflux and heartburn symptoms from occurring include losing excessive weight, stopping smoking – which can weaken the lower oesophageal sphincter allowing stomach acid to travel up towards the throat – and eating properly to aid digestion.

Busy lives mean we tend to gulp down food at work or when we’re dashing about and then grab a takeaway at teatime – our guts don’t thank us for that!

Try to take time eating your food, don’t eat too much – four or five smaller portions are better than three large meals – eat regularly and at meal times and avoiding eating two to three hours before bed.

Last but not least, drink plenty of water.

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How to relieve heartburn

For regular sufferers when it comes to food and drink it’s best to keep those triggers to a minimum or avoid them altogether if you can.

There are often tasty alternatives to rich and fatty food.

For example, lean, grilled meat and low-fat salad dressings – for more alternatives check out our Diet and heartburn blog.

Eating smaller more frequent meals can also help as overeating can cause or make heartburn worse.1

Try to avoid eating within three to four hours of going to bed and if you do find heartburn interrupts your sleep, raise the head end of your bed 10-20cm so your chest is above waist level. This helps to stop acid from travelling up towards the throat.

Alcohol is thought to make your stomach produce more acid and can relax the muscular ring which joins the stomach to the oesophagus to stop the acid leaking through.5

While it may be hard to resist on holiday, if alcohol is one of your heartburn triggers it’s best to keep it to a minimum or cut it out completely.

Time to relax!

Holidays are a great opportunity to get away from it all and leave day-to-day worries behind which can be a good thing for those suffering from stress or anxiety related heartburn.

Stress and anxiety can both trigger acid reflux1 so make the most of your relaxation time.

Exercise is great for both physical and mental wellbeing and on holiday you’ll probably end up being physically active without even realising!

A swim in the pool or sea, sightseeing walks, cycling along the coast or up a mountain – many of the things we love to do on our vacation or staycation trips which have all-round health benefits for body and mind.

You can find out more about stress and anxiety related heartburn and ways to tackle it in our blog.

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How To Aid Sleep With Heartburn

It won’t happen overnight if you’ve built up weeks or months of sleep debt but by adding an hour or two a night it will slowly start to recover.

A nightly routine, a winding down stage such as a warm bath, relaxation exercises or listening to music and avoiding the use of tech an hour or so before bed may well help you to drop off quicker.

If acid reflux tends to keep you awake, try not to eat 2-3 hours before bed and keep your head elevated when lying down.5

Take care of your diet

It’s best to steer clear of the food and drink that causes or makes your heartburn and acid reflux symptoms worse such as coffee, fatty or spicy foods, tomatoes and chocolate.

Try to avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms

Turning to unhealthy stress coping mechanisms such as drinking or smoking is unhelpful for many reasons and both are well known heartburn triggers.4

 

Cut down portion sizes

Instead of three main meals a day, try eating smaller, more frequent meals to help your stomach with digestion.1

Many of us suffer from occasional heartburn and acid reflux and we can all feel stressed and anxious at times.

But if either or both of these problems are occurring on a regular basis it’s important to seek help and treatment.2

If you keep getting heartburn and acid reflux you can speak to your pharmacist for advice.

Speak to a GP

If lifestyle changes and medicines such as antacids aren’t helping – and you have heartburn most days for three weeks or more – speak to your GP who can provide stronger treatments.1

Using omeprazole tablets for heartburn

Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets contain omeprazole which is a widely used treatment for the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux and works to reduce the amount of acid your stomach makes.6

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Pyrocalm Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets (omeprazole) are used in adults for the short-term treatment of reflux symptoms (e.g. heartburn, acid regurgitation, acid reflux). Always read the label.

References:

1 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heartburn-and-acid-reflux/
2 https://www.healio.com/news/gastroenterology/20180702/summer-is-the-worst-season-for-frequent-heartburn
3 https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/stomach-liver-and-gastrointestinal-tract/gastro-oesophageal-reflux-disease-gord
4 https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/wellbeing/a28627/heartburn-on-holiday/
5 https://drinkwelluk.com/blogs/news/which-wine-is-most-acidic
6 https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/omeprazole/
7 https://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/professional-resources/documents/clinical-guidelines/gastroenterology/proton-pump-inhibitors-patient-information-leaflet.pdf

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Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

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