I am not sure you are asking the right question. Everyone has times when they are not happy but I am not sure I feel that correlates to why people develop reflux. I think a better case may be made for a correlation between stress and acid reflux.
Acid reflux is when the acid and pepsin secreted into the stomach backs up into the esophagus. This occurs because the lower esophagus sphincter, which separates the stomach from the esophagus, is open. As the stomach naturally churns during digestion, the acid and pepsin splashes up into the lower esophagus. The acid and pepsin eat away at the lining of the esophagus, which can cause a pain or burning sensation. Acid reflux can occur and not be felt in some people, even though the damage is still occurring.
The reason the lower esophagus sphincter remains open can vary. Stress, obesity and age can all contribute to the sphincter muscles failing to close properly. The lower esophageal sphincter opens occasionally even when not swallowing. During belching the sphincter will relax to allow swallowed air to escape. Frequently this will also occur with a bubble of acid entering the esophagus. When laying down it is abnormal for the sphincter to open. In an upper endoscopy the flaps of the lower esophageal sphincter appear flat and more lax in patients with frequent acid reflux.
Stressful situations tend to evoke acid reflux in people with heartburn tendencies and not in people with healthy digestive tracts. Researchers believe that people who are chronically stressed may experience a higher rate of reflux on a regular basis.
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