Don’t be sidelined by heartburn
HOUSTON, Texas — With college basketball's March Madness comes plenty of dribbling and dunking – both on the court and on the couch or at the local sports bar. But following a few tips from Dr. Wagar Qureshi, associate professor of medicine and chief of endoscopy at Baylor College of Medicine, means basketball fans won’t have to worry about heartburn and can concentrate instead on those all-important brackets.
• Sit up. Lying down or reclining after a meal makes it easier for stomach acid to move up into the esophagus, causing heartburn.
• Eat in moderation. If you can't give up cheesy nachos, then say no to hot wings, or else eat smaller portions.
• If you know a particular food triggers heartburn, Qureshi suggests avoiding it altogether.
• Wear loose-fitting garb.
• Take an over-the-counter antacid for fast relief.
If you find yourself taking antacids three or more times a week, your heartburn is more than just game-related. Frequent symptoms could signal chronic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), which afflicts more than 7 million Americans annually.