Cookout Tips to Beat Belly Bloat and Heartburn
Memorial Day is just around the corner and that means summer starts soon. If you’re like so many Americans, you’ll spend the warm weekends ahead grilling up delicious BBQ fare. Unfortunately, many of these foods — like fatty burgers, rich condiments, and beer — can spell trouble for your tummy.
Preventing or managing indigestion is easy if you have a plan. Keep these tips in mind as you make your way through this season’s cookouts and picnics.
Limit or avoid trigger foods that cause heartburn and bloating. If you’re suffered with indigestion before, you likely know what food caused it. Common heartburn culprits include spicy and fatty foods, citrus fruits, tomatoes, alcohol, and carbonated beverages. Likewise, bloating is often brought on by beans and lentils, wheat, dairy, and some vegetables. Stay away from items you identify as your triggers, or enjoy them in limited portions.
Don’t fill your plate. Overeating is a surefire way to provoke indigestion. Large meals stretch the stomach, which can make you feel uncomfortable, as well as cause stomach acid to travel into your esophagus. Instead, pace yourself with smaller portions spread throughout the party.
Eat and drink slowly. Unchewed food is harder to digest, which can lead to stomach pain and bloating. Experts agree that chewing an estimated 32 times before swallowing is ideal. Taking care not to gobble and gulp can also prevent you from swallowing air, which can develop into gas.
Address symptoms with homeopathy. Sometimes it’s hard to stick to your plan or symptoms can come as a surprise, so be ready with homeopathic medicines that can help get your body back in balance. Boiron offers two options for digestive relief: Acidil for symptoms of indigestion including heartburn, bloating, and upset stomach and Gasalia for pain and discomfort associated with gas.* These medicines have no known drug interactions and will not slow down the absorption of other medications or micronutrients. Both products are now available at Walmart in boxes of 60 quick-dissolving tablets that can be taken on a full or empty stomach.
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*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.