Sunday, June 15, 2008

Can Exercise Cause Acid?

Exercise is an important part of a healthy life. If you experience heartburn, there are ways you can stay in shape and avoid heartburn at the same time.

Eat small portions of foods that are high in carbohydrates: like pasta, before your workout. Eat protein and fatty foods when you have finished your workout.

Try not to eat anything at least 2 hours before you begin your exercise routine and sip water to keep yourself hydrated during exercise.

Exercises that involve lying down or bending over can cause acid to back up into the esophagus and cause heartburn. Rowing or cycling can also trigger heartburn. They increase pressure on the stomach and can force acid up into the esophagus.

Look into alternative exercises that will burn fat and tone muscle.


Rebecca said...

One of the other causes of acid reflux after exercise is from having coffee before a workout. Many have stated that caffine is a great 'booster' prior to a workout. While this is true, one can experience major heart burn if it's ingested too soon before starting exercise.

One way to combat this, is to find caffine in pill form. NOT Ephedra, but caffine. Many "pre-workout" formulas with caffine can be found at your local GNC stores, or at my favorite source,

If taken with lots of water, these pills will increase the intensity of your workout, shaving off more calories, and won't leave your chest burning afterwards.

Rebecca said...

Now only if I could spell correctly, might some people take me seriously ;)

"caffeine" ha!

AC Associates said...

Hi Rebecca,
Thanks so much for sharing such great information! and for stopping by. I sisn't even think about the effects of caffine when writing this post.