Over the next few weeks many of us will be sitting down with loved ones, over and over again, to a really big meal(s). Overindulging at your get-together may cause uncomfortable heartburn, gas, and upset stomach in general.
If you suffer from heartburn on a regular basis, you may need to change the way you eat, and what you eat. Fatty, fried, or high-protein foods, alcohol, and coffee are all foods that can trigger heartburn.
Also make sure to chew your food and eat slowly. Eating quickly can lead to heartburn, so slow down and enjoy your meal. Eating too close to bedtime can also give you heartburn; it’s best to allow at least 3 to 4 hours after eating before you hit the sack.
For those who occasionally overindulge, here are some quick and easy solutions that may help with heartburn.
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar: One tablespoon of Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water can be taken when you start to feel heartburn coming on. One theory about why this works is that the acid content in the vinegar somehow tells the stomach to stop producing more acid.
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL): DGL is an excellent herb to help soothe mucous membranes of the esophagus. DGL has antispasmodic action, which means that it helps to control various muscle actions that can affect your digestive tract. It also helps reduce acid reflux by calming a cramping stomach. A chewable form is best. Chew one to two tablets and let them dissolve in your mouth. You can also do this before your meal if you know that you are going to indulge.
Ginger: Keep ginger candy on hand. Ginger relaxes the smooth muscle along the walls of the esophagus and improves overall digestion. Chew a small amount slowly and see how you feel. If you still have heartburn after 10 minutes take another small piece and chew again. If you have a sensitive stomach, you may want to avoid this because ginger packs a lot of heat.
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