The Milwaukee Community Journal’s Year-long Health Focus
Don’t Let Heartburn Give You the Post-BBQ Blues!
With summer just around the corner, calendars will be filling up with barbeques, picnics and trips to the beach.
Unfortunately, these warm-weather activities may go hand-in-hand with heartburn. And with more than 50 million Americans suffering from frequent heartburn (symptoms occurring twice or more weekly), that adds up to a lot of post-BBQ blues.
While a little burning is expected when you fire up the grill, I was wondering if you might be interested in speaking to Dr. Michael Rahmin, a leading gastroenterologist based in the New York Metropolitan area, who can provide simple, at-home guidelines, for how to enjoy this barbecue season while keeping heartburn at bay.
I’ve included a few of Dr. Rahmin’s tips for a healthier, happier BBQ season below.
• Don’t Overdo It. Smaller, more frequent meals help optimize the digestive process. Eating big portions can put more pressure on your stomach and lead to heartburn.
• Watch Out for Triggers. If you are prone to heartburn, be cautious when considering certain foods that are known to cause problems, including caffeinated drinks, alcohol, chocolate and spicy, fatty foods.
Barbeque alternatives to consider include lower-fat dogs instead of traditional beef hot dogs, or make your burgers with lean ground turkey. With the right condiments it’s hard to tell the difference.
• Keep your Medicine Cabinet Stocked. If you are a frequent heartburn sufferer, try an over-the-counter (OTC) medication like Zegerid OTC, an OTC proton pump inhibitor (PPI).
PPIs work by deactivating acid-producing pumps in the stomach, offering 24-hour relief of frequent heartburn with one dose per day.