In summer more than ever we usually have copious meals as part of celebrations, vacations, family gatherings or with friends, among others. And it is after these when most often an upset stomach and heartburn occurs. Therefore, we show you how to fight heartburn after abundant meals in summer.
It is best to prevent
Needless to say, the most advisable thing would be to prevent heartburn from appearing and for this, the usual advice prevails: eat in moderation first and foremost.
That is to say, we should avoid copious and loaded meals of poor quality foods that make stomach digestion very difficult. For example, it would be advisable to avoid fried foods, very spicy or spicy foods, sauces, very salty or sugary dishes in large proportions, and also everything that is rich in fats and acids such as buns, cakes, commercial snacks or cold cuts and sausages
In addition to this, it is always advisable to avoid smoking and alcohol consumption, as both are irritating to the gastric mucosa and can accentuate or even cause acidity.
Chew each bite well, eat slowly, avoid carbonated and sugary drinks and sit down to eat food in a relaxed or pleasant environment is also advisable to favor the digestive process and thus avoid acidity.
How to counteract acidity once present
If despite doing everything possible to prevent heartburn it is present in your body with relative frequency, you may have a physical condition that promotes gastroesophageal reflux and it is necessary that you consult with a health professional about it.
However, there are also some measures that can reduce the burning or burning symptom that characterizes acidity, such as what we show below:
- Eat a soft diet to reduce digestive work and not aggravate the acidity present.
- Eat every two hours approximately so that the circulating acid is used to digest food and does not irritate the stomach mucosa or esophagus.
Drink water little by little regularly, as it relieves the burning sensation.
Eat warm or cold foods that significantly reduce burning and the sensation of acidity.
Do not lie down immediately after eating but wait at least a couple of hours after an abundant intake. This favors that at the time of putting ourselves in a horizontal position the digested foods are already there and thus, the acid is less likely to reach the esophagus and cause acidity.
Raise the bedside when sleeping and be placed at 45°, to promote the decrease of stomach acid towards the rest of the digestive system and thus reduce the symptoms present.
Prioritize in your diet the intake of foods that neutralize acidity such as cereals, various fruits and vegetables, well-cooked legumes that have an alkaline pH as well as eggs, dairy and fish and to a lesser extent white meats.
You know, although it is best to always prevent a good diet we can counteract the acidity that arises from copious meals during the summer.