My goodness, Thanksgiving is this week and I think that starts the unofficial season of overeating. It is the perfect time for November 21-27 to be Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week, because overeating really makes acid reflux much worse.
The sphincter at the lower end of the esophagus doesn’t close properly, and acidic digestive juices go in the wrong direction UP the esophagus.
Symptoms of GERD:
- Burning feeling in throat & mid-chest area
- Bad taste in mouth
Risk Factors for GERD:
Caution Foods that can make symptoms worse:
- Caffeine & alcohol
- Fatty, fried foods
- Citrus beverages & foods – oj, oranges & grapefruit, tomato products
- Spicy foods
- Onions & garlic
- Mint flavoring
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is lots more than just feeling uncomfortable. The acid is corrosive to the delicate tissue in the esophagus, and after years of untreated reflux, cancer cells may start growing
Tips to help GERD:
- Lose weight in the tummy
- Stay upright after eating for at last 1 hour
- Slightly elevate the head of your bed when sleeping
- See your doctor. There might be some medications that can help out.
This lightened-up sweet potato-orange- apple casserole has no added fat – just cloves and fruit juice. Bake in oven for 30 minutes until bubbly.