Imagine this: You’re enjoying a favorite meal, sipping on a cocktail or mocktail, and sitting around the table with friends when all of a sudden, a burning sensation in your chest starts creeping in. You’re no stranger to this feeling; in fact, it happens after most, or every, meal!
While occasional heartburn may come and go with no impact on day to day life, chronic heartburn after every meal definitely rings some alarm bells. It may mean a necessary change in lifestyle, changing foods in the diet, or adjusting pre and post meal routines. However, sometimes we all could use a little extra help in the form of an all-natural, good-for-us supplement.
It is estimated that approximately 20% of people living in the United States experience heartburn two or more times per week. Heartburn is caused by acid reflux, or the backup of stomach acid into the esophagus, and is one of the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a chronic type of reflux that occurs more than just once in a while.
Picture this: you’re following our last blog post and have started incorporating some reflux-fighting foods into your every day eating patterns. But, the all-too-familiar feelings of a burning sensation in the chest and a bloated bellystill remain. We know how frustrating this can be; after all, acid reflux is directly correlated to food intake. Even if we try to follow an 80/20 approach (80% health promoting foods and 20% fun foods), heartburn can sometimes linger like an unwelcome guest.
The meal may be over, but the feelings linger: heartburn, a bitter taste in the mouth, chest pain, and a bloated belly – acid reflux can feel uncomfortable and even painful, making for a sour end to a delicious meal. However, the foods we eat (or avoid!) have a major impact on the way we feel after eating. Keep reading to learn the science behindwhat foods to eat more of andhowto eat in order to ease heartburn. Here's to an enjoyable eating experience, from start to finish. Let’s use nutrition science to make heartburn a thing of the past.