My husband is a sufferer of Acid-Reflux. His is caused from a birth defect. He was born without a flap between his esophagus and his stomach entrance. This has made him suffer a lifelong battle with Acid-Reflux also called GERD disease (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
Here are fifteen tips to deal with this chronic problem during Thanksgiving.
1) Make sure that you do not overeat during the Thanksgiving Day meal. Overeating will make anyone that suffers from Acid-Reflux miserable. Keep your portions small. Its better to leave the table a bit hungry so you do not suffer later on. This is a tip that you can take for every day usage, too. Always eat several small meals throughout the day instead of one large meal.
2) Do not take that piece of pumpkin pie for desert right before bed. Do not eat any leftovers or food right before bed. Lying down when you suffer from GERD can be a painful experience if you have ingested food right before bedtime. Avoid food at least two to three hours before you retire for the night.
3) Eat a few small snacks before dinner so you will not be tempted to overeat. If you eat crackers an hour before dinner you will reduce your food intake when its time to finally feast.
4) Do not just got and sit down right after dinner because this does not aid in digestion. It is better to get up and move around after a big meal. Stretch your legs a bit. Help your hostess pick up the dishes and place leftovers in the refrigerator. A little bit of exercise will help you to not suffer Acid-Reflux so badly.
5) Avoid milk and dairy. Milk neutralizes your stomach acid which causes your stomach to create even more acid so you will suffer even worse.
6) Try to avoid wine during the Thanksgiving meal. Many Acid-Reflux suffers say that wine makes their symptoms even worse.
7) Avoid wearing tight clothing to the holiday meal. Tight clothing can actually make GERD worse by placing pressure on your stomach so it has less room to expand.
8) Avoid coffee and soda’s. Caffeine often makes GERD worse. Hot chocolate also often causes extra suffering.
9) Avoid any fat or fried foods. Fat and fried foods aggravate GERD by making the stomach produce even more acid.
10) Be sure to eat slowly and take your time. If you chew your food well then your stomach will produce less acid to digest it. This will help with the Acid-Reflux.
11) When you eat your holiday dinner try to sit nice and straight. Your posture can aggravate GERD. If you slouch it puts extra pressure on your stomach.
12) Make sure to elevate the head of your bed when you go to sleep Thanksgiving night. You can do this by simply placing more pillows under you to raise you up. This will help prevent the Reflux during the night while you try to sleep.
13) Avoid after dinner mints. Mint has been thought to aid in digestion but it seems to have the opposite effect in people who suffer from GERD. It will cause the stomach to produce more acid which will make suffering worse.
14) Avoid any foods that contain onions. Onions have a great deal of acid in them which will aggravate your stomach.
15) Remember to take your Acid-Reflux medicine if your doctor has given you a prescription. You can also buy many medications over the counter nowadays that work well in preventing GERD such as Zantax or Pepcid. Be sure to purchase these before the holiday when all the stores are closed and make sure your prescription medications are also full since pharmacy’s will be closed for Thanksgiving.