Heartburn is caused by the flow of stomach acid to esophagus and exercise has a great role in preventing it.
How exercise helps to get relief from heartburn
Exercise helps in many ways to get relief from heartburn. Here are the points
Exercise helps in digestion and thus limited amount of acid is secreted in the stomach for digestive process. This way exercise limits the secretion of stomach acid, which is a positive factor for not acids to flow into the esophagus.
Lessen body weight
Being over weight always increases the chances for getting frequent heartburn. This is because of the extra fat attached to the walls of stomach. These extra fat gives little room for food and so digestion becomes difficult. Thus regular exercise can lessen the bodyweight and also the chances for heartburn.
But for some people there is chances for getting heartburn worsen with exercise. This is generally because of overdoing. So it is very important to choose the right exercise. It is always advisable to check with your physician before starting any kind of exercise.
How much exercise is enough?
To get benefit from exercise, physicians generally advices a 30 minutes exercise 45-6 weeks for an adult. Rather than being exhausted with exercise, it is always good to engage in moderate intensity physical activities. Less jarring exercise like riding a bi-cycle and walking will be enough for better digestion. Swimming and household works are also good to prevent heartburn.
Exercises to be avoided
Exercises like jogging, aerobics and weightlifting cause heartburn. It is because while we exert the pressure relationship between abdomen and chest changes leaving the lower esophageal sphincter open allowing acid to flow into esophagus. Exercise with full stomach also is not good to fight heartburn. During exercise if the stomach is full the intra abdominal pressure increases causing heartburn.