Indigestion is the second most frequent cause of absence from work. Its most common symptoms include regurgitation or reflux.
With the month of December comes a season of both sweet and savory holiday treats and alcohol, all of which are sure to appear at special gatherings with family and friends. Overdoing it with these foods, however, can lead to indigestion, bloating or feeling full.
As Dr. Carlos Fernández Newball explains, heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest that occurs when gastric fluids rise and can reach the mouth. Other symptoms include chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath and a sore throat or irritation from the acidity in the larynx.
If heartburn is very frequent, adds the specialist, it can cause long-term illnesses, including Barret esophagus, which occurs when stomach acid damages the cells that line the esophageal walls and the body is forced to replace them with others that are more resistant to acid. Heartburn can also cause esophageal cancer. Symptoms of poor digestion include frequent belching, bloating in the abdominal area, dizziness, flatulence, fatigue, vomiting and even diarrhea or constipation.
The following are a few tips to avoid poor digestion:
- Include foods in your holiday spread that are high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes such as lentils and garbanzo beans. These foods help regulate bowel movements.
- Set meal times and avoid eating before bedtime.
- Eating slowly by chewing each bite and shredding your food into small pieces promotes the secretion of enzymes in order to absorb all nutrients.
- Avoid tobacco, as this habit aggravates heartburn.
- Foods rich in fats or flavored with hot sauces tend to cause heartburn.
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