Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How to prevent heartburn

Holiday festivities provide many delicious opportunities to get heartburn. Yick.

About a fifth of the American people get this--which in doctorspeak is called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

You may know the sensation--a burning in the throat and chest and a bitter taste. This usually comes after overeating and affects overweight people more often.

Actually it has nothing to do with the heart, though the symptoms can mimic a heart attack.

Losing even five pounds can help it...

Some other tips:

Skip the after-dinner mints. Peppermint may feel like it's clearing the aftertaste, but it relaxes the muscles between the stomach and the esophagus, which allows stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus.

Other triggers? Tomato-based products, citrus fruits and juices, spicy food, high-fat foods, chocolate, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages (including soda).

Chewing gum can help if you are prone to heartburn. This stimulates acid-neutralizing saliva.

Try "Rest and Digest." Stress is "Fight or Flight." Rest and Digest is eating slowly, chewing thoroughly, and savoring. Use s smaller plate--overeating is big culprit.

Taking a short walk after meals instead of flopping in the recliner allows gastric juices to flow in the right direction. Wait two hours before lying down.

The first time I experienced heartburn was when I was eight months pregnant--my partner was astonished--I had never had it before? And now, when everything else in my innards seems to be wacky, I don't get heartburn often--but I do know people who do.

And it's no picnic.And the frequent bathing of the esophagus in acid can lead to more serious problems.

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