Hints To Make Your Holiday Season Heartburn-Free
think of “welcome guests” at the holiday table, heartburn
generally is not one of them. Nevertheless, holiday feasts often
provoke heartburn symptoms, including burning behind the breastbone,
difficulty swallowing, sore throat and even asthma, chest pain and
nausea, according to Dr. John Losurdo, gastroenterologist at
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Losurdo offers the following tips to combat heartburn during this holiday season:
* Avoid overeating.
* Avoid fatty foods.
alcohol, chocolate, caffeinated soda and coffee (caffeine relaxes the
muscle between the esophagus and the stomach) peppermint and spicy
* Avoid lying
down following a large meal — the muscle that connects the
stomach and the esophagus may relax, causing acids to travel up the
* Avoid strenuous activity to allow the stomach’s contents to digest without disruption.
* If you
experience heartburn on a regular basis, take an over-the-counter
acid-reducing agent before the meal to avoid symptoms; or take an
antacid following the meal to reduce or relieve heartburn symptoms.
* Wear loose clothing that does not constrict the stomach muscles.