The large amount of food we eat on holidays, food trip, parties, etc. and the type of food served during this events -especially fatty foods- can be a recipe for disaster for chronic heartburn or GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) sufferers. People with GERD have a relaxed or weakened valve doesn't properly block stomach acid from flowing back up into the esophagus. After eating, people with GERD often experience a burning feeling in their mouth. Some GERD symptoms can be relieve by lifestyle changes, such as not eating certain kinds of foods and avoiding large meals.
Here are some helpful tips for people with GERD:
- Don't overeat. Large amount of food distend or srtech the stomach, which can cause the lower esophageal sphincter to relax and release acid up the esophagus.
- Avoid taking stimulating drinks and foods, which can aggravate GERD symptoms.
- Don't eat fatty, greasy foods, Excessive fats in foods work to slow the process of food leaving the stomach. If food isn't emptied from the stomach it can flow up into the esophagus and greasy foods also promote relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter.
- Don't drink red wine, which has been shown to cause heart burn. White wine can also be a problem, some experts said.
- The time of day can affect GERD symptoms. Gravity can actually serves as an important barrier for acid reflux during the day. So when you lie down at night after eating a meal, you no longer have the gravity barrier to prevent acid reflux. People who tend to have GERD symptoms at night should not eat or drink anything for three to four hours before bedtime.