Heartburn And High Blood Pressure – The Connection

Sometimes the connection between two health problems isn’t so obvious. It’s a fact, however, that majority of those suffering frequent heartburn (acid reflux / GERD) also have high blood pressure.

And it’s also a fact that treating one condition (either heartburn or high blood pressure) helps with both conditions.

But what is the connection between the two conditions and how can you kill two flies (high blood pressure and acid reflux) with one swing. That’s the subject of today’s feature article.

At first glance, hypertension and heartburn seem to be completely unrelated health problems. Hypertension is the condition of the heart and arteries; heartburn comes from our stomach and digestive system, right?

To understand the connection, you have to widen your horizon and both look at your body as whole as well as considering the underlying cause for both conditions.

First let’s look at acid reflux. It happens when the muscles above your stomach (sphincters) can’t stop the acidic fluid in your stomach from flowing up into your esophagus. The acid then irritates the esophagus causing the horrible pain.

Although you may be well aware that some food triggers heartburn and therefore consider it purely a digestive problem, over 80% of those with acid reflux report their acid reflux is worse when they’re under a lot of stress and consider that one of the main causes for their condition- and for good reason.

Here are two ways acid reflux is triggered by stress:

The First issue is blood flow. When you experience stress, your body directs the largest portion of its blood supplies for the skeletal muscles such as arms and legs. This is nature’s way of getting ready to either fly or fight once attacked by the enemy. This limits the blood flow to the intestines (including the stomach) and slows down the digestion. Your body also sends clear messages to the digestive system to slow down the digestion so no energy will be wasted on that when it’s needed for flight or fight.

Once your digestion slows down, food remains longer in the stomach and begins fermenting, causing excessive gas. The pressure pushes the undigested food as well as the stomach acid up into the esophagus.

The lack of internal blood flow also causes a weakening of the muscles that are supposed to protect the esophagus, adding to the acid flowing up more easily.

The Second way stress causes acid reflux comes down to our human nature of bad habits. When we’re experiencing a great deal of stress, people tend to increase their consumption of alcohol, tobacco and comfort food (such as fatty or sugared foods and heavily processed foods like those using white flour). These types of foods are guaranteed triggers of acid reflux. Even people who normally do not have acid reflux can trigger a bout of reflux by eating a few slices of pizza.

And as chance will have it, one of the major causes for high blood pressure is stress as well.

There are many types of stress that can cause high blood pressure: emotional, mental, sensual, physical, etc. And all these same types of stress can also cause heartburn.

One of the types of stress that’s often ignored by people is physical stress caused by health problems or pain.

It takes a tremendous amount of energy, for example, for your body to fight off the common flu. While white blood cells fight against the invading bacteria, your body releases truckloads of stress hormones into your system.

The constant pain of acid reflux will also trigger an intense release of stress hormones. Your body doesn’t care where the pain comes from. It doesn’t matter if you were hit in the head with a bottle or if acid is flowing into your esophagus. Pain is pain- and to conquer the pain your body enters the same fight or flight reaction described above. A natural result is that your body must be loaded with stress hormones.

And one of the first automatic responses from your body when loaded with stress hormones is to raise the blood pressure. Therefore, long lasting stress of any kind causes chronic high blood pressure, which triggers more stress hormones to be released that then cause higher blood pressure as well as increased acid reflux. A chronic health circle has been created.

So there you have it, black and white. Acid reflux can worsen high blood pressure and hypertension can worsen acid reflux.

Applying just a little bit of common sense tells us that if we manage to improve our acid reflux, our high blood pressure should go down as well and the other way around.

The good news is that my friend and senior writer here at Blue Heron Health News, Scott Davis, has discovered an extremely simple method that works for pretty much everybody to overcome acid reflux naturally. You can learn more about his method here…

And if you want to lower your blood pressure down to normal as soon as today, you should definitely check out my simple, easy blood pressure exercises here…

Since the two conditions are so connected, dealing with one condition will improve both. But dealing with both conditions together will increase the success of correcting both conditions. So I urge you to check this out.

But first, before doing anything else. What do you think? Please leave your comment below.

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14 comments

  1. you can try alkaline water.

  2. I have tried putting Aloe Vera in the water in the natural form from the plant to reduce and eliminate GERD.

  3. Thanks for the information. It is very helpful for people suffering from GERD.

  4. Thanks for the info. Never thought of the connection, however it does make sense.

  5. Thank you sir its very helpful.

  6. Thanks for the information. However, GERD is also associated with people who have asthma.

  7. Christopher Slayter

    This has been very helpful and informative which has given me a relation to Acid reflux and High Blood Pressure which I was not aware of.
    Thank you very much.

  8. This is very true. It took me almost two years to figure it out. I found whenever I had bloating, the gas build up pushes the pressure up by thirty points. Increasing the blood pressure medication did not help much. After two years I tried expelling the gas by burping it dropped the pressure twenty to thirty points. Then I took supplements to reduce gas. This helped a lot. I also stared taking probiotics because prolonged use of antibiotics depleted my digesting process. My poor digestion also contributed to gas build up in the stomach.But it was a bit too late My heart got slightly enlarged due to prolonged high BP, but not critical at the moment. I hope the present treatment might stop further damage.

  9. I would like to think about the info in this article for a while. Where did you get all this info from, for this article? I am always curious in the research, and I do a lot of research too, because I like to do research. I am intensly interested in these two articles; the one on High Blood Pressure, and the one on Gerd. My BP is fairly unstoppable, and my gerd is unpredictable. I know my food triggers; and the standard meds for gerd are not the answer. Rice is a trigger; rushing is a trigger; eating too fast, is a trigger, and one other food item I cannot remember, is a trigger. My lightbulb goes on at and around 3 am, and that is in a short while.

    Not questioning you, Christian; I think I just like to know info. I was born with this curiosity, and delve into things pretty completely sometime. I also unintentionally leave out some things, or do not consider them; like having invisible “blanks”. Thanks for these articles, I keep on thinking about them. The main draw, is still my love for horses, Christian. Thank you again, and all of your writers. They each seem to have their niche.
    These articles are almost like medical research; they are considered a success if they create more questions to research! Here’s to you and your co-writers; Keep it up:)

  10. There may be a connection between GERD and acidy stomach and in such case it would make sense to try to make the stomach alkaline by eating foods that help it in that way…

  11. Thanks a lot.I've always wondered where the connection must be and here I have it in this article.

  12. This has been very helpful informative which has given me a relation to Acid reflux and High Blood Pressure which I was not aware of.
    Thanks.

  13. Hi, I have noticed that when I get emotional.. trying to say this right. what I mean is excited in any way, high with emotions, “good or bad” it triggers my stomach acid… then my BP raises …
    Which is a problem because I have PTSD… This has been a big problem for me since 1977…
    But most importantly I want to say is that when you excited about something good… your acid will raise.
    it’s the same with being upset with bad news…

  14. Dr, God will Bless you for creating health awareness in the whole world. keep it up.

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