ACID TRUTH

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

Train your brain to halt heart­burn. In a study in ‘Psy­cho­so­matic Medicine’, 64 peo­ple with acid re­flux were ei­ther taught DIY strate­gies for cop­ing with anx­i­ety or given con­ven­tional psy­cho­log­i­cal ther­apy. Af­ter three months of train­ing, peo­ple who learned to self-man­age stress suf­fered 60% less heart­burn than those who camped out on the couch. “Teach­ing pa­tients to re­duce stress also re­duces a phys­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tion of that stress – heart­burn,” says lead au­thor Jane Hut­ton, MD, adding that dis­trac­tion is es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive, be­cause it di­verts the at­ten­tion from your dis­com­fort.

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