Winters are approaching and among the other things what winters remind us are vacations and seasonal fruits and vegetables. While on vacations we love to enjoy street food while we go on outings or trips and for us Indians, every exciting junk food is a must try!
While this can be a lot of fun, especially as you enjoy with family and friends, one thing that could cause a dent in your participation is acidity.
The good news is – you can easily prevent it by following a few simple tips.
Keep Your Meals Small
True, the food may be delicious, but when you eat too much of it, there’s a chance that you’ll overeat and stuff yourself. This can create pressure on your stomach as well as your esophageal area, which can increase the chances of acidity or reflux. So, Eat smaller meals at regular intervals.
Avoid Lying Down Immediately
A heavy meal can make you feel sleepy, tired and often uncomfortable, and the first thing that comes to mind when you feel like this is to lie down and rest, or take a quick nap. But if you lie down immediately after a meal, it increases your chances of an acid reflux.
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Check About Your Medication
If you are taking any medication, you should speak to your doctor now and ask if they can increase your chances of suffering from acidity. There are a number of medicines that may increase the risk of acidity, especially if you are already prone to it. Some kinds of antibiotics, supplements, anti-allergens, asthma medications and even pain killers can increase this risk. Speak to your doctor if you can take any alternative medicines that would not add to the risk.
Cut Or Reduce Your Smoking And Drinking
Nicotine may relax the muscles in the esophagus and interfere the way saliva works to remove acids and avoid acidity. Alcohol can also cause the same effects, so you should try and reduce or cut out smoking and drinking.
Watch What You’re Eating
Certain types of foods are known to increase acidity issues, such as very spicy or oily food, citrus or acidic foods, chocolates and so on. Try to avoid these as much as you can, or at least reduce the amount in which you consume them.
If you already suffer from acidity, or have suffered from it in the past, you can also speak to your doctor and find out if there are other methods that can help you.
DISCLAIMER: While we have taken steps to check the accuracy of information & practices shared here; it is not a replacement for a doctor’s opinion. it is important to first always check with your own doctor before trying any medication, practice or suggestion from this site.