Last updated: Jun 01, 2009
Even if excess weight, smoking, alcohol, or other GERD-triggering factors are the underlying cause of your heartburn, stress can make you feel the symptoms of acid reflux more acutely.
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Stress reduction is key
Reducing stress can ease heartburn and other gastrointestinal problems, but this is easier said than done, Dr. Schreiber says. "I often tell patients if I could write a prescription to relieve stress, I would write myself one first."