March 23rd, 2015
A new research study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology has found that people suffering from acid reflux found significant relief from the symptoms after quitting smoking. The study points out that the heart burn or acid reflux problem isn’t just related to eating but to other lifestyle habits, such as smoking.
Tobacco contains nicotine that is believed to relax the tight ring of muscle that connects stomach with esophagus, which is responsible for regulating passage of food into the stomach and preventing the acid from refluxing. Unfortunately, when you smoke, the relaxed lower esophageal sphincter, which is the body’s defense against GERD, can increase the risk of acid trickling into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation.
Understanding the relation between smoking and acid reflux can help you find the best way to cure your symptoms and lead a healthy life.
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