General Health

Reducing Symptoms of Acid Reflux, GERD and Heartburn

It is estimated that nearly 10% of Americans suffer from heartburn symptoms at least once a week. Our first advice is to seek a diagnosis from your physician to determine the exact cause of your symptoms.

Heartburn despite its name has nothing to do with the heart. It ia an irritation of the esophogus caused by rising stomach acids. An occasional bout of heartburn is not serious but if the occurrences are frequent it may develop into a more serious condition know as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.

Many studies have shown that moderate exercise such as walking can reduce the likelihood of these symptoms. Walking also assists with weight and appetite control which in turn relieves symptoms. The problem today is that most Americans walk less than 30% of the minimum guidelines for optimal health. With a treadmill desk you will achieve these minimums within the first 2.5-3 hours of your work day, without sweating.

Stress has also been shown to increase symptoms of heartburn and GERD. Consistent walking counters the substances the body produces when you are under stress thus alleviating the symptoms.

Also your heartburn can be worsened if you are not getting enough sleep. Walking while you work with a treadmill desk can help here as well. Walking a minimum of 10,000 steps per day will help your body adjust to natural sleep patterns.