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Overeating is quite common during the holidays, and this can lead to heartburn. Here are a few tips on preventing and treating this ailment.
Acid reflux and heartburn generally occur after a large meal, usually one that was high in fat, washed down with plenty of alcohol or eaten late in the evening. In other words, the typical holiday meal!
To avoid the problem, let moderation be your guide. Focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet low in fat, reducing your intake of alcohol, cutting back on cigarettes and avoiding trigger foods and beverages, such as chocolate, caffeine and soft drinks.
Even after following this advice, you may still develop digestive discomfort. If this is the case, you may have a case of sour stomach or gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux).
A sour stomach is caused by an overproduction of gastric acid. As for acid reflux, it results from the backwards flow of gastric acid into the esophagus due to a poorly functioning esophageal sphincter (the valve that separates the stomach from the esophagus).
The discomfort caused by either of these conditions can be quite a nuisance. That’s when an antacid is recommended. But if you are pregnant or on medications, talk to your pharmacist before choosing a product. “Your pharmacist can recommend a treatment that takes into account your condition, symptoms and situation,” explains pharmacist Diane Lamarre, President of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec.
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