Yes the holiday season is here with all the joys of spending
extra time with family, holiday traditions, festive parties,
special meals and heartburn. That's right, heartburn. One out of
ten people in the United States have heartburn symptoms at least
once a week during normal times. The holidays bring with some of
the situations that can bring on heartburn such as certain foods
Each person is different as to what types of food and drink bring
on the symptoms of heartburn and occasionally having heartburn is
common. Most people learn what foods trigger this response in
their body and know to avoid those particular foods. Having
heartburn more frequently can be an indication of a more serious
problem that you will need to see a healthcare practitioner
What exactly is heartburn?
When you swallow, the bottom part of your esophagus relaxes which
allows foods and liquids to continue on into the stomach. It then
closes off preventing anything from coming back through. If this
process is impaired in any way then stomach acid can come back
through to the esophagus. Foods can mix with the stomach acid and
form a liquid that backs up into the esophagus. This back up
causes a burning pain in the stomach that can spread up into the
chest area. Heartburn can also be a sign that your body doesn't
have enough digestive enzymes to fully break down all the food
you eat, and that your intestines lack enough healthy flora or
beneficial bacteria to process your food all the way through.
Your body's last line of defense is to use stomach acid to break
down food, which can often cause heartburn. Heartburn usually
occurs after eating or at night and can become worse when lying
down or bending over.
What can you do about heartburn?
Many people simply take antacids when they get heartburn. This is
not the best solution however as antacids not only block stomach
acid, but also block the absorption of nutrients by interfering
with the necessary amount of acid in the stomach to break down
proteins into amino acids the body can use. They can interfere
with the digestion process and possibly make indigestion worse.
Many antacids also contain ingredients that can lead to
constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating. Calcium bicarbonate in
some antacids can cause more acid than is normal to be created in
the stomach after it wears off.
What is the best heartburn treatment?
The best treatment is prevention. Learn which foods and drinks
can trigger heartburn for you and avoid them as much as possible.
Fried foods, foods high in fat and acidic foods and drinks are
the worse culprits. Alcohol, sodas, vinegary foods and some spicy
foods are at the top of the list too. Besides what you eat, look
at how and when you eat. Eating too quickly, too much or too
close to bedtime can trigger heartburn. When you eat too fast,
you are usually not chewing sufficiently to break food down
enough at the beginning of the digestive cycle. This causes the
stomach to have to produce more acid to break it down once it
gets to the stomach. Stress is also a factor in heartburn.
Natural Solutions for Heartburn
Here are some ways to plan ahead this holiday season to decrease
your chances of spending time suffering with heartburn pain.
- Avoid foods you know have caused you heartburn in the past
- Stop eating at least 2 hours before you are going to lie down
whether for a nap or for the night
- Plan some time out from all the busy holiday activities to have
a break or meditation time to cut down on stress
- Add probiotics such as acidophilus and bifidus to your diet
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day
- Take extra digestive enzymes
Enzymes, New Earth's digestive enzyme supplement, contains
MycoPepsin, which is able to break down proteins under acid
conditions in a manner similar to pepsin. MycoPepsin is obtained
by the controlled fermentation of a non-genetically modified
strain of Aspergillus niger. The broad specificity of this
acid-stable, food-grade protease enzyme enables it to easily and
efficiently break down most soluble proteins.
New Earth's Acidophilus is formulated as a probiotic product
that provides a natural way to keep the digestive system on
track. For the body to get the most out of food, the intestines
must be healthy. Acidophilus plays a key role in supporting the
health of the small intestine.
New Earth's probiotic Bifidus creates a favorable environment
for the growth of "good bacteria" in the large intestine which
absorbs water from food that is consumed and passes remaining
waste products from the body.
Have a great, heartburn-free holiday this year by paying just a
bit of attention to what, when and how you eat, and adding
probiotics and enzymes to your diet.