Acid reflux: morning nausea problems

Acid reflux occurs when stomach acids reverse direction, allowing them to enter the esophagus. A small valve between the stomach and the esophagus, known as the lower esophageal sphincter (or LES) opens or relaxes when it shouldn’t. There are many reasons why acid reflux occurs, though diet and lifestyle play a major role.

Most people only associate acid reflux with heartburn, but there are many symptoms which can appear. Many times these symptoms are overlooked as being related to acid reflux: morning nausea is among them.

Though morning nausea is often associated with pregnancy, it can occur for a number of reasons. Stress plays a major role in your health, especially if you suffer from reflux. Acid reflux has been medically proven to intensify during periods of stress, even when there is little physical reason for it. If your symptoms appear as soon as you wake up, it is more than likely acid reflux: morning nausea indicates that stress levels are high.

 In order to deal with this most effectively, you should learn stress management techniques. This could be anything from adding exercise to your daily routine to keeping a journal to vent emotions. Lowering stress levels will drastically help reflux, and may mean that you won’t need medication.

Of course, diet does play a major role in acid reflux: morning nausea may simply be reflecting bad eating habits. What you eat for breakfast can play an important role. Caffeine, citrus fruits and juices, fatty foods, and fried foods can all contribute to reflux. Try eating a high-fiber breakfast to avoid nausea. Fiber can also reduce the overall risk of experiencing reflux. If you skip breakfast, you will probably also experience stomach problems.

 If you wake up with nausea, eating a good breakfast can help eliminate it. However, waking up with reflux symptoms may have to do with what you consumed the night before. Avoiding reflux triggers and do not overeat or eat too closely to bed. This increases the risk of problems in the morning. If prevention of morning nausea does not help to relieve your reflux, you may need to discuss additional treatment options with your doctor.

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