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Ways to stay healthy and get relief from holiday heartburn!

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tipsforholidDespite of genuine efforts many times people endup overindulging of food and drinks during holidays and festivals, that ultimately leads to various illness and most commonly the heart burn and indigestion. On the other hand some people may have throat infection and cold, especially children and those who are allergic to food colors and preservatives.

How can you stay healthy and avoid visits to a doctor during festival?

The below mention guidelines will help to keep your self fit, free from illness.

Exercise – it’s true that you are too busy during festival; still you must exercise for at least 30 minutes a day in either form of yoga, jogging or walking. Exercise will help to burn the extra calories and maintain immunity.

Escape one meal. If you are going for dinner than have salad and fruits, or a healthy diet (free from white starches and bad carbs) at lunch or vice versa.

Don’t attend party when you are famished. Try to have an apple or banana before attending a party. It will save you from attacking the favorite fattening dish.  

Listen to your stomach, when it says no, stop eating. No matter how good it taste, do not eat a single bite more when you are full. It is better to serve food in smaller plates. Eating in smaller plates will make you to eat less which ultimately saves you from over eating...

Learn to say no. It s not compulsory to eat, just because it's there and others are eating it! Refuse to eat for the sake of your health.

Choose healthier alternate of dishes that are full of cream and sugar. Substitute lime juice for aerated drink and butter milk to thick shake.

Drink lots of water and fresh fruit juices that will help your body to detoxify.

Avoid chilled drinks. Try to have drinks and food at room temperature to reduce the risk of throat infection.

Take adequate sleep. If possible, avoid frequent late night parties. Sound sleep for 6-8 hours will keep you slim and fit. When you disrupt sleep, you disrupt your hormones and the hormonal imbalance can lead to weight gain. Lack of sleep can make you fall sick as inadequate sleep reduces body’s immunity.

Tips to get relief from holiday heartburn

Gloria Grice, an associate professor of pharmacy practice at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, suggests using products with sodium bicarbonate or calcium carbonate to get relief from occasional heartburn in a college news release, as published in Health day.

"They neutralize stomach acid, which is usually the cause of the burning sensation. And they can be taken as soon as symptoms begin or up to an hour after a meal that you think may cause heartburn." Magnesium hydroxide, also known as milk of magnesia, is another option.

 "It acts quickly and neutralizes acid," Grice said. "However, patients with kidney disease should avoid this product. Also, it can have a laxative effect for any patient who takes multiple doses in a day."

Aluminum hydroxide doesn't cause these side effects but can cause constipation if not taken with something that also contains magnesium hydroxide.

Grice offered some other suggestions:

  • Avoid caffeine, which stimulates appetite and can cause you to overeat. It also over stimulates the normal processes of the digestive system, causing poor absorption of nutrients.
  • Chewing slowly can help prevent bloating. There are also products you can take before or up to 30 minutes after a meal that will reduce intestinal gas.
  • Limit alcohol consumption, which can inflame the lining of the stomach and intestines. It can also kill beneficial intestinal bacteria, leading to indigestion and even diarrhea.
  • Take a smaller piece of pie.
  • When sugar, fruit or fruit juice mixes with starch in the stomach, they ferment and cause bloating.
  • It's also a good idea to avoid fruit muffins and low-fat cookies sweetened with fruit juice.


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