Baked ham, yams, green bean casserole and pecan pie - all are holiday favorites and all are things that could increase your heartburn woes this holiday season. The National Heartburn Alliance has released a few tips to prevent that heartburn.
Heartburn happens when stomach acid escapes the muscular ring between the stomach and the esophagus. The acid then irritates the esophagus and causes discomfort. It often feels like a tight burning sensation in the stomach and chest.
According to the NHBA, 92% of frequent heartburn sufferers point to food as the cause of their heartburn.
You can avoid that discomfort by avoiding certain foods like those high in fat. Instead of eating ham, try white turkey meat. Instead of yams, try baked potatoes. Avoid piling on butter and sugar. Acidic foods can also cause heartburn so try to curb those too.
Other foods to avoid include:
- Creamy salad dressings
- Mac and Cheese
Another tip the NHBA has is to drink water instead of sugary sodas and high calorie alcoholic drinks. Try ending your meal with a short walk instead of a nap.
Following these tips this holiday can help you avoid the heartburn that is a usual nemesis during the holidays.