Avoid These, Prevent Heartburn

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Last week, we talked about things that can be eaten by people suffering from acid reflux or GERD. Now, let us go into things that must NOT be eaten to ensure digestive health and avoid symptoms of this condition.

• Meat
Meat such as chicken nuggets and buffalo wings can cause and worsen acid reflux conditions, which in turn leads to heartburn and other indigestion conditions.

• Spicy food
Hot spices such as chili and pepper can contribute to the causes of acid reflux and the similar symptoms of heartburn. Some people suffering from acid reflux with heartburn symptoms also claim that their condition worsens when eating food with onion, garlic and ginger. It is advised that foods containing these are to be consumed in the minimum only.

• Tea, coffee and chocolate
These three beverages have millions of fans all over the world. Tea drinkers, coffee addicts and chocoholics may want to slow down their addiction if they want to lessen their acid reflux problems. This is because chocolate, tea and coffee naturally contain theobromine which relaxes the esophagus’ lower region which contains the sphincter muscle. When this area is relaxed overly, acid flows back to the food pipe. Dark chocolate is a better alternative, or the three foodstuff mentioned may be consumed but in moderation.

• Fatty and fried food
Food that is fried and fatty is a big no-no for acid reflux sufferers. Fatty and fried food causes the process of digestion to slow down. Food stays in the stomach for an unnecessary prolonged period of time. Because of this, pressure increases inside the stomach, forcing the food to re-enter the food pipe, resulting in acid reflux.

• Dairy Products
Most dairy products are not really advised for people suffering from acid reflux. This is true especially for products like cheese, sour cream, ice cream and yogurt. The habit of drinking milk before sleeping, especially after a huge meal, is not really advisable. In fact, it can worsen the symptoms of acid reflux. Other sweet foodstuff like brownies, butter cookies and doughnuts may also increase your acid reflux problems.

• Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits contain citrus acid which aggravates the symptoms of acid reflux. Included in this classification are tomatoes, oranges, cranberries and grapes which have high citrus acid content. These fruits are also said to make the lower opening of the esophagus relaxed overly, which results in the acid to flow back to the food pipe.

• Alcoholic beverages
Anything with an alcoholic content is a surefire way of worsening your acid reflux condition. Alcohol decreases the pace of digestion and relaxes the esophagus’ sphincter muscles, hence resulting in acid to climb up the esophagus. Another vice, smoking also causes acid reflux, so it is definitely advised for people suffering from acid reflux to quit smoking.

For relief from symptoms of heartburn, GERD, and other digestive disorders, VitaSprings.com has a wide array of tested and proven solutions like Gastro-pH, Digest-Rite, and Reflux-Away.

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Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Strategies to Avoid Overeating

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With the holiday season upon us, food is everywhere. From festive holiday parties to dinners with friends and family, let’s face it, this time of year tends to center around food. And, it is perfectly OK to indulge on occasion, sans the guilt, without gaining weight. The trick is to enjoy what you are eating, and to eat mindfully while avoiding overindulging and gaining weight in the process.

For the good news, according to research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Americans, on average, gain just about one pound during the holiday season, with overweight individuals gaining a bit more. This is really not too bad, as long as we keep it to just one pound and get back on track come the New Year.

To help avoid gaining weight this holiday season while also enjoying your favorite foods, here are some strategies that I have used successfully with clients that I counsel in my nutrition practice.

1. Eat healthy MOST of the time.

Make healthy low-calorie choices when you can and do not waste calories nibbling at home while watching TV. Celebrate only at a holiday dinner party or during a holiday event. Plan your day and even plan for your occasional splurge.

2. Eat what you LOVE.

Do not waste calories overeating on cookies and junk food that you do not like just because they are sitting there or because someone else is eating them. Save your extra calories for special foods you enjoy during this time of year.

3. Mind your PORTIONS.

What I love about portion control is that you can still indulge in your favorite foods instead of banning them completely. And you do not have to eat tiny portions. The trick is to eat larger portions of healthy foods balanced with smaller portions of more indulgent and high-calorie choices.

4. Try eating off of RED plates.

Red is a festive color and red plates certainly go with the season. New research published in the journal Appetite found that we eat less when eating food on a red plate. Subjects who were given pretzels on a red plate ate significantly less than those given pretzels on a blue or white plate. Who knew? Certainly worth a try. The authors suggest that the color red may work as a subtle stop signal (like a red traffic light) which may guide us to reduce our intake.

5. Eat MORE fruits and veggies.

High in fiber, rich in nutrients, and low in calories, enjoying colorful fruits and vegetables is a win-win. Try filling half of your plate with fruits or vegetables at each meal.

6. Limit LIQUID calories.

When we drink our calories instead of eat them, we do not tend to register fullness and we often end up consuming extra unnecessary calories. For example, we often eat a bag of chips with the soda we are guzzling down. And liquid calories such as soda are pure empty calories. Many alcoholic drinks also tend to be high in calories and drinking tends to decrease our resistance to temptations. It is OK to enjoy an occasional glass of red wine, or white wine spritzer, but best to have the drink with dinner and not on an empty stomach. And, fill up on water or seltzer, both calorie free, before your meal.

7. Keep up your EXERCISE routine.

Choose an exercise routine you enjoy and pick a time that works for you so that you will stick to it.

8. DROP the guilt.

If you overate, do not feel guilty. And now there is now research to prove it.

New research found that people who feel guilty after eating large amounts of snack foods tend to gain more weight than those who don’t feel the guilt.

This year, enjoy the holiday season sans guilt!

Dr. Lisa Young (December 17, 2013). Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Strategies to Avoid Overeating. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-lisa-young/holiday-health_b_4441757.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living

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Suffering From Acid Reflux? Here are Things You May Eat

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Gastro Esophageal reflux disease (GERD) or what is more popularly known as acid reflux cannot actually be considered a disease. It is actually a condition that happens when the acid present in the stomach leaks upward, back into the esophagus due to a number of reasons. Acid reflux is so common, it is a condition experienced by millions of people all over the world. Acid reflux in itself may not actually be considered a severe condition. However, the seriousness of GERD is experienced when occurring with other symptoms. This conjunction may be a sign of a disorder which is more serious. Thus, it is essential to understand what GERD really is so that it would not result to worse complications.

Most people who experience acid reflux often resort to taking over-the-counter antacids for quick relief of GERD symptoms. However, it is recommended by most doctors to promote proper eating habits for people experiencing GERD, as it will not only help fix the problem but also give them a sense of good health. There are a number of foods available that can be eaten safely by acid reflux suffers that do not trigger the symptoms. There are also kinds of food that exactly do the opposite in the sense that they worsen the symptoms of GERD. Take a look at the list below so that you can know which foods to consume and which to avoid if you have acid reflux.

  • Vegetables

Veggies such as broccoli, peas, and carrots are recommended. Potato eaten plain is fine but when it is cooked as French fries or mixed with dressings and butter like potato salad and mashed potatoes, they should be avoided.

  • Fruits

Beneficial fruits for acid reflux suffers include papaya and pineapple as they both aid in neutralizing what is inside the stomach. Also safe for people with GERD are berries like strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, as well as apples and bananas.

  • Grains

Foods made from grains like bread (whether multi-grain or white), crackers, cereals, and rice are good. Grain neutralizes the juices in the stomach.

  • Meats

Meat is fine as long as it is prepared well. Poultry is good as long as it is white meat, the same with fish. They should be prepared without adding fat.

For those suffering from GERD symptoms, VitaSprings also has some products for you. For instant relief from conditions like heartburn, the ManukaGuard Nutralize is an ideal product. Reflux-Away is also another products that guarantees relief from stomach disorders like flatulence, heartburn, and chronic indigestion.

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