What to Know About the Relationship Between Stress and Heartburn

People who experience heartburn regularly can likely tick off a list of foods and drinks they know make symptoms worse. If they’re going out for Mexican food, popping open a beer or enjoying spaghetti and tomato sauce, they know it could cause a reaction. But what if the causes of heartburn go beyond what someone eats or drinks? According to scientific research, there’s a connection between heartburn symptoms and anxiety. But does this mean that people with heartburn are more likely to experience anxiety because dealing with frequent symptoms is stressful or could stressful feelings actually be causing the symptoms to manifest? Here, experts who specialize in acid reflux dig into the science for answers.