We all love to indulge every once in awhile, and for the most part that is ok…sometimes. For the most part though we all know how important it is to eat right and stay active to not only ensure a long healthy life but to mitigate those nasty heartburn and acid reflux symptoms that lurk just beneath, waiting to pounce whenever we let our guard down.
Here are a few simple heartburn and acid reflux remedies to build in as daily habits that will not only serve you well in keeping that heartburn and acid reflux away but will make you feel good about yourself even if you do let loose on occasion;
Stop Drinking Water!
No, you don’t really have to stop drinking water altogether…(in fact you should be consuming at least 8 8oz. glasses of water a day) but water can cause heartburn while eating so simply stop drinking during meals. Drinking while eating can dilute the digestive juices, which are so crucial for digestion. Instead, drink little doses before and after you eat. Only when consuming rough foods or foods with little or no water should you drink slightly to help it go down smoothly.
Be a Good Host
Being a good host means knowing who should mingle together and who should keep their distance from each other. You want to stay away from combining foods that aggravate heartburn and acid reflux and be sure you are combining your foods correctly in order to properly digest and prevent that nasty heartburn from rearing its ugly head.
For instance you want to avoid mixing fruits with concentrated foods as it will slow the digestion of the fruit. You can eat raw veggies with concentrated foods as these foods mingle well together because of the high fiber and low sugar.
Greatest Excuse not to Exercise
Granted, don’t give it up completely! It’s never a good idea to exercise after you’ve finished a meal. Anytime you do physical activity after a meal, the body sends the blood over to hang out with your muscles leaving your digestive system alone in the corner. As a result, your digestive system won’t digest until you stop your activity which can lead not only to hearburn but to all sorts of additional trouble as you can imagine. After a meal, simply chill and give your body enough time to completely digest the food before you rush to the gym.
Don’t be a piggy (this one’s a gimme)
Overeating can cause a lot of harm to your body and not just to the digestive system. It can cause nutritional imbalance and weight gain, tax the liver and the kidneys, and put enormous physical pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which will increase the chances of heartburn and acid reflux.