How can I avoid holiday heartburn?
I get bad heartburn, and I really want to get it under control now so it doesn’t spoil my holiday celebrations. What do you suggest?
Fortunately, heartburn can be easily treatable. The uncomfortable symptoms occur when the muscle between the stomach and esophagus relaxes, enabling the acid that normally resides in the stomach to travel into the esophagus. For most people, food is a big factor in relaxing these muscles, so consider removing spicy, fried and tomato-based items from your diet for two weeks to see if you feel any improvement.
If food doesn’t seem to be the culprit, stress may be a contributing factor. To ward off stress-induced heartburn, try this before meals: Take five long, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. And as you’re eating, put the fork down after every three bites and take three more deep breaths. This should relax the nervous and digestive systems to keep stomach acid from rising up and causing discomfort.