Help Patients Not to Let Heartburn Wreak Havoc on Holidays
Ah, the holiday season. A time of family and friends drawing near for joyous festivities, gathering to eat, drink, and be merry—but as pharmacists are well aware, all too often the activities associated with the holidays are just as closely associated with heartburn. Before being hit with a barrage of patients seeking to ease their acid reflux, preemptively equip them with these holiday heartburn survival tips:
- Don’t eat too much, too fast, or too late. It is better to eat more, smaller meals throughout the day than to gorge oneself in one sitting. Avoid going overboard eating at parties by eating something light beforehand and partaking of smaller portions. Pace yourself while eating and avoid eating at least several hours before bedtime.
- Avoid triggers. High-fat foods, red wine, caffeine, spices, tomato-based foods, onions and garlic, and peppermint are all known to bring on bouts of heartburn in those who are susceptible. Each person can have their own personal triggers, so be smart and stay away from those things that have proven to be a problem in the past.
- If you must drink, do it wisely. Although it is best to avoid alcohol if heartburn is an issue, moderation is key for those who wish to imbibe. Avoid drinking with meals, as it tends to bring on symptoms. Also, go for something mild, like a white wine spritzer.
- Do drink lots of water. Hydrating with H2O will help lessen heartburn symptoms. If drinking alcohol, commit to drinking 1 glass of water between each alcoholic beverage.
- Don’t allow stress to build. Even in the whirlwind of holiday activities, it is crucial to set aside time to regroup and renew. Whether meditating, taking a brisk walk, or curling up with a good book, releasing stress will help relieve heartburn symptoms.
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