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Updated: Sep 14, 2021

Reflux and deep breathing.
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Deep breathing and digestion…

A recent study observed that deep breathing exercises could significantly reduce instances of reflux in individuals with a diagnosed reflux disorder (gastro oesophageal reflux disorder).

This study observed that deep breathing could reduce the build-up of pressure in the stomach and alter the tone of the muscular band between the stomach and oesophagus known as the lower oesophageal sphincter.

Deep breathing after only 2 days reduced oesophageal acid exposure after eating from 11.8% to 5.2%. (Halland et al., 2021)


Halland, M., Bharucha, A. E., Crowell, M. D., Ravi, K., & Katzka, D. A. (2021). Effects of Diaphragmatic Breathing on the Pathophysiology and Treatment of Upright Gastroesophageal Reflux: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 116(1), 86–94.


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