Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Handling the problem of Heartburn and Indigestion

Heartburn and indigestion is another big problem people encounter. Constant experience of digestive problems can be a symptom of overfeeding, bad food choices or  something more serious.  On the contrary, making good choice of the foods you eat  can provide relief. 

A vast number of foods can trigger heartburn or indigestion by relaxing the  band of muscles at the end of your esophagus so it can't keep out  stomach acid. Heartburn and Indigestion can be  greatly lessened or completely avoided by limiting the intake of  spicy foods with black pepper or chili  powder, garlic and raw onions, citrus foods like tomatoes, oranges, and  grapefruit, fried or fatty foods, alcohol or anything with caffeine  such as coffee, tea, soft drinks.

For a better healthy digestion and to minimize acid reflux, make sure  you get plenty of fiber from a variety of vegetables, non-citrus  fruits, and whole grains. Drink enough fluids to help your body absorb  important nutrients and lubricate food waste, and use low-fat methods  when cooking. Try drinking herbal chamomile tea after dinner or before  bedtime, as it’s believed to have a calming effect on the stomach.   Smaller but more frequent meals can also help decrease heartburn and  indigestion problems.   Be sure to eat your meals and snacks in a calm,  relaxed atmosphere where there’s little (if any) noise or distractions.  Wear properly fitting clothing that isn’t tight in the waist and  abdominal area, and don’t lie down immediately after eating a meal.

Make your morning meal oatmeal. It’s high in fiber, low in saturated  fat and cholesterol and when combined with skim milk, gives you a  calcium-charged boost to your day. By adding blueberries or raisins  you’ll be adding some extra iron and potassium into the mix for a  well-balanced diet. 

You can't beat turkey if you want a lean, nutrient-packed protein  source that'll be easy on your stomach. Turkey is high in niacin, which  helps lower cholesterol levels in the blood.  Chicken without the skin  is also a terrific low-fat source of protein. Both are easy to cook .

Apples and grapes are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium,  and are a great non-citrus fruit choice for vitamin C and fiber.

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