Preventing Holiday Heartburn

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 11/24/2011 1:27 pm
All that rich, delicious food on your thanksgiving table can trigger an uncomfortable condition.  We have tips for avoiding heartburn and an even more serious problem.

It's not unusual to experience heartburn from time to time but when it happens at least twice each week,  you may have GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. 
GERD can flare up during the holidays.. As we tend to overeat and consume alcohol when celebrating with family and friends.
When we swallow food, it travels down the esophagus, a valve then opens to let the food enter the stomach and closes again.  But in those with GERD, the valve is faulty and doesn't shut properly allowing stomach acids to flow back into the esophagus and that can be  harmful, especially if left untreated.

Doctors usually prescribe medicines to control the acid as well as lifestyle changes including maintaining a healthy weight, eating smaller meals, waiting at least 3 hours after eating before lying down or going to bed, and not smoking. 

Avoiding foods and drinks that trigger heartburn such as fatty or fried foods, tomato sauce, caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and chocolate is also recommended.

Here's another tip after a big holiday meal, get moving, go for a walk or play a game of flag football in the backyard instead of just watching it on TB.

Heartburn strikes an estimated 20% of Americans at least once a week.
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
1 dead, 2 injured in motorcycle club shooting
One man is dead and two others were injured after they were shot at an eastern Kentucky motorcycle club.
Police: Kids Stole Popsicles, Shot At Ice Cream Truck Driver
Lexington Police said a group of juveniles stole from an ice cream truck and shot at the driver. And officers said the same kids later tried to break into a nearby home. Video Video
36 Blitz: Rowan Co. Vikings
Ray Graham Returns To School He Led During Early 80s Stint Video Video
Women Chained To Dog House Protests In Frankfort
A woman chained to a dog house rallied in Frankfort against Kentucky's animal chain laws. Amira Thayne said Kentucky needed to better protect animals by banning animal chains. The stop in Frankfort was part of her 'Dogs Deserve Better' campaign. Video Video
Postal Service issues hot rod envelope
The U.S. Postal Service is offering a commemorative envelope this week in Louisville in honor of the 45th annual Street Rod Nationals.
Flu RSS Aggregator Widget. Flash Player 9 is required.
Flu RSS Aggregator Widget.
Flash Player 9 is required.

Five Minutes Or Less For Health Widget. Flash Player 9 is required.
Five Minutes Or Less For Health Widget.
Flash Player 9 is required.

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital. supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.