As the holiday season approaches and many are contemplating their menus if what to purchase, cook and serve it is also a good idea to think about the affects certain foods have on your system.
A common affliction many people suffer from during holiday time is heartburn. This is mainly caused by over-indulging in foods that your body isn’t used to as well as larger portions. This symptom known as heartburn can be a gastronomically intense condition that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
This symptom is also known as GERD which in simple terms is referred to as acid reflux. This happens when the valve from the stomach that is also attached to the esophagus becomes weakened and separates. It allows the acids in the stomach to back up into the esophagus which in turn produces what we all have experienced from time to time to be heartburn.
During the holiday time and every day people who suffer from acid reflux, heartburn or GERD should avoid foods that trigger that reaction. Try to stick to foods that digest well and are healthy. Don’t overeat and stick to portions that you are comfortable consuming. Allow enough time between courses so your system can digest what it already has consumed.
Some foods you can avoid that usually cause heartburn are:
- Fatty foods
- Fried foods
- Heavy casseroles
- Citrus fruits
- Carbonated beverages
- Spicy foods
Suggestions that help with good digestion:
- Foods with healthy fats such as EVO – extra virgin olive oil
- Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
We all know that it is hard to stick to a healthy diet during holiday time. Doing your best to eat and drink in moderate quantities is the best way to restrain from developing heartburn symptoms.
Another way to keep that acid reflux from percolating is to take a slow and short walk after eating a large meal. Many during the holidays sit down and fall asleep. A nap is the worst thing you can do after consuming a large meal. If you can’t keep your eyes open and must lie down remember to keep your head elevated 6-8 inches off the pillow. This will keep the valve open so it doesn’t weaken from over eating or consuming food too quickly which can be some of the main causes are resulting in heartburn.
Fight reflux and heartburn during the holidays!
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