Thanksgiving Tips from Dr. Buckley
Following are some tips from Dr. Buckley to help reduce GERD symptoms:
Schedule an earlier meal. It's best not to eat late at night if you suffer from GERD.
Another good idea is to serve lighter appetizers. Fatty foods like chips, dips, and cheeses are slow to empty from the stomach and more likely to aggravate symptoms of GERD.
Dr. Buckley encourages sufferers to stay active. Stick with your exercise routine during the holidays, as weight loss can help alleviate GERD symptoms.
As always, lay off the Nicotine. Nicotine weakens the muscles within your food pipe that prevent back flow (reflux) of stomach contents.
Cut out the fruit juice. Citrus fruits and juices like grapefruit, orange and tomato, are acidic and can worsen GERD symptoms.
Be sure to season foods lightly. Spicy foods, as well as things like onions and garlic, often bother people with GERD and make heartburn worse.
Limit your drinks; whether wine at dinner or beer during the game, alcohol can worsen reflux.
Suggest not deep frying your turkey. Fried foods are known to exacerbate GERD symptoms.
Have smaller plates to use. Eating large meals can trigger symptoms, so try smaller meals spread throughout the day.
Substitute water for soda. Caffeinated and carbonated beverages are both notorious heartburn aggravators.
Be careful with the desserts. Chocolate might be your favorite, but it often bothers those with GERD.
Skip the after-dinner mint. Peppermint is another major heartburn irritant.
Slow down. Physical exertion after a meal can lead to reflux.
Stay upright! While the turkey might make you sleepy, fight the urge take a nap. Lying down within 3 hours after eating can cause GERD symptoms to flare up.
Talk to your doctor. An accurate diagnosis is the first step to receiving the most effective treatment.
Dr. Buckley stresses that GERD is a "disease" and it is important to understand that it's a mechanical problem/defect, not an acid problem. Heartburn that happens more than once a week, worsens, or continues over time may signal a more serious condition," said Dr. Buckley.