Thanksgiving Day will be here soon! If you’re one of the estimated 60 million Americans who suffer from acid reflux disease, you may need some tips on how to control it for the holiday. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid splashes up from your stomach into the esophagus. Here are some tips for surviving Thanksgiving Day for acid reflux sufferers that I try to follow.
Tip #1 – If you’re on medication for acid reflux disease, take it every day as prescribed by your doctor. This is important in controlling acid reflux disease.
Tip #2 – On Thanksgiving Day, people who suffer from acid reflux should wear loose, comfortable clothing that doesn’t bind around the waist. Tight clothing puts pressure on your stomach and can cause acid reflux.
Tip #3 – Don’t stuff yourself! The turkey is the only thing that should be stuffed on Thanksgiving Day! Watch your portion sizes. Overeating stretches the stomach which puts pressure on the stomach sphincter and allows the acid to flow backward from your stomach into your esophagus.
Tip #4 – Eat slowly and chew thoroughly. Doing so will encourage saliva production which helps to protect the esophagus from acid reflux and helps with digestion.
Tip #5 – Don’t lay down for two to three hours after your Thanksgiving Day meal. Lying down makes it difficult to digest your food. It also makes it easier for acid to move up from your stomach into your esophagus.
Tip #6 – Don’t smoke! Smoking decreases the production of saliva and the nicotine weakens the stomach sphincter that holds acid in the stomach which allows the acid easier access to the esophagus.
Tip #7 – Avoid foods that are known acid reflux triggers. Sorry to say, but chocolate, coffee, tea, alcohol, and carbonated beverages are on the list. So are fried and greasy foods, spicy foods, acidic foods, garlic, raw onions, citrus fruits, oily and creamy salad dressings, peppermint and mint flavorings.
Tip #8 – Eat low-fat foods. Serve steamed, broiled, or grilled foods this Thanksgiving. Eating these foods can control acid reflux.
Tip #9 – Reduce stress! Stress can make acid reflux flare up. You can control your stress by going outside for a walk. Make it a family affair. It will make everyone feel good.
Tip # 10 – It’s important to eat small, frequent meals which keeps you from overeating. Plan your strategy for Thanksgiving Day. Eat a healthy breakfast, eat a small lunch so you aren’t starving when the turkey is served.
Hopefully, with these tips, those of you who suffer from acid reflux disease will be able to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day.