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.
Unless you are training for an eating contest (which I am guessing you are not), go for smaller plates for every meal. Instead of eating big meals at every sit down, go with six small meals throughout the day and consume small portions of food in each meal.
Location, location, location
Although it’s not always possible, try to find the least distracting and least noisy place to eat your meals – that includes not watching your latest Netflix binge fest! When you are eating, focus on your meal…any distractions from your meal will come at the expense of your digestion quality.
It’s also very important not to be in a state of stress or be upset when you eat. The nerves have a significant impact on your digestive system, and in a stressful state your digestion will be far less effective.
As mentioned above, eat smaller portions of meals throughout the day, and complete your evening meal before 8 p.m.
Let’s get this dance party started!
It may not exactly be the dance party you had in mind, but it’s a clever title for this not so glamorous subject. What we really mean is…Get Your Bowels Moving! Regular bowel movements are important when suffering from heartburn and acid reflux.
You can improve peristalsis (fancy word for your muscles moving food through your intestines) by:
• Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.
• Increasing fiber intake from fruit and vegetables.
• Exercising [not immediately after meals ;)].
• Taking one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil accompanied by
juice from half a lemon on an empty stomach.
• Consuming oat bran while avoiding all refined carbohydrates.
We Need to Talk
Yes you need to be Communicating With Your Body at all times! This is one of the most important issues with your digestion in preventing heartburn and acid reflux not to mention your overall well-being in general.
You must learn to hear what your body has to say to you. I now it sounds silly but your body attempts to communicate with you all the time in various ways. I am sure you’re already familiar with some of these ways…for example; stomach rumbles, low blood sugar fatigue, possibly a headache…and let me see, what else…umm, perhaps heartburn?!
Heartburn is another means of communication your body uses to inform you that you need to change something in your lifestyle.
You must learn to identify real hunger from temptation, conditioning, boredom, or the need for excitement and satisfaction. When you feel “hungry,” ask yourself if you really are hungry, or is it just your mind fooling you? Learn to listen and communicate with your body, and it will gratefully reward you.
As we mentioned before, these tips and info can provide you with some relief but if you are suffering from acid reflux and heartburn there is likely something much deeper going on. The truth is, this is quite a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. It has the ability to destroy your life, your work, your relationships, and lead to life threatening issues. It is critical that you get to the root cause of what could be causing your acid reflux and find some long-term solutions.
We strongly encourage that if you want to relieve your acid reflux, eliminate that burning sensation in your chest, restore your energy levels and improve the quality of your life dramatically - WITHOUT PILLS.