- Gastroesophageal reflux is the literal name for “the return of the stomach’s contents back up into the esophagus.”
- GERD is characterized by recurrent reflux of acid from the stomach into the esophagus, triggering the symptoms of heartburn or acid indigestion.
- It may be caused or exacerbated by stress, anxiety, particular foods and drinks, cigarette smoking, excess weight, and by some medicines.
- “Although GERD can be uncomfortable to the point of limiting daily activities and productivity, it is rarely life threatening.” (Yoga RX)
- See also: Ram Rao, Ph.D., Yoga for Healthy Aging, What Really Causes GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and How Should it be Treated?
Several studies now report that a regular yoga practice (a) brings down the levels of stress hormones that promote inflammation (b) lowers the levels of a number of pro-inflammatory molecules in the body and brings down inflammation. — Ram Rao