Can You Practice Yoga to Treat Acid Reflux?
The question whether or not one can practice yoga to treat acid reflux is quite common among the readership of this website. Many of them are interested in knowing if it’s possible for someone with chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) to do yoga regularly without any side effects. Others want to know how they can start practicing yoga regularly without having their stomach upset first.
As mentioned above, there are many different opinions on this matter. Some people believe that yoga poses will definitely aggravate their condition and make it worse. They think that doing yoga poses repeatedly would worsen their condition even further. On the other hand, others feel that doing regular yoga poses might actually improve their condition because they have found out that certain types of poses can help relieve symptoms of GERD (GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease).
It is true that some yogic practices can aggravate your condition. However, there are many yogic practices which can be beneficial to you. If you’re going to practice yoga regularly, then it’s better to take all the precautions that you need to take so that your body doesn’t get hurt during these exercises.
There are several benefits of practicing yoga regularly:
Yoga helps prevent heartburn and acid reflux. Yoga helps reduce stress levels and anxiety levels. It also helps calm your mind and relieve you of any unwanted thoughts that might be constantly running through your head. All of these benefits can help treat GERD and other similar conditions caused by stress and anxiety.
If you have been diagnosed with GERD, then it is possible for you to do yoga. It is very important that you pick the right kind of exercises and poses in order to avoid worsening your condition. It is very possible to do yoga and get great benefits from it even if you have GERD. However, you should not push yourself too hard when you’re doing your regular yoga routines. You should not push yourself too hard in general especially if you have a weak core or if you have a weakened nervous system.
Always remember that no exercise routine will be effective if your diet isn’t fit for the conditions that you want to achieve. You should make sure that you’re eating the right foods (avoiding the wrong kinds of food) in order for you to get the most out of your yoga routines. It would be useless if you will gain nothing from your efforts because most of the food that you eat get immediately spit out due to your condition.
Whenever you want to start a new exercise routine, always make sure to consult first with your doctor or physician. Make sure that your condition won’t get any worse. If they give you the green light, then you’re good to go. If not, then you might have to stick with just breathing exercises or meditation for the time being.
One of the best things that you can do for your health is to control your stress levels. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed out from work or school, then doing some yoga in the morning or before you go to bed is a good idea. This will definitely help keep your body relaxed and your blood pressure from spiking.
Yoga will definitely help you get your life back in order. There are many people out there that have benefited from practicing it. You will see and feel the changes in your body in just a few weeks or months of steady practice. So don’t be afraid to give it a try!
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