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Spring has sprung! Something about the warmth in the air makes you want to break out the BBQ’s and enjoy some hotdogs, ribs, and spicy margaritas! To help you enjoy this BBQ season, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 tips and tricks to help you reduce and avoid reflux symptoms and heartburn.
Avoid firing up the grill and having dinner late in the day. Plan your BBQ 3 to 4 hours before going to bed.
High-fat meals and fried foods could increase your risk of getting acid reflux 1, 2. This means BBQ ribs and hotdogs may not be the best choice to fire up on the grill due to the high fat to protein ratio. Here are some of our tips for grilling some lean protein:
Although food triggers may be different for everyone, there are certain foods that have caused symptoms for many people . Try these tips for healthier sides and toppings
As much as shaking up a spicy margarita sounds appealing; it’s not worth the unpleasant symptoms that may come later! Alcohol, juices and carbonated beverages like soda (this includes soda water!) may trigger reflux symptoms. Our suggestion is to always make water your drink of choice, or switch it up with some cold unsweetened iced tea.
We know this can be a tough adjustment. BBQ foods taste so good that it may be hard to stop eating them! However, overeating causes the stomach to expand and may increase the risk of reflux. Here are our top tips to eating smaller portions:
It’s important to note that not all foods will affect all people in the same way. Coming up with the appropriate diet for you will take a little experimentation. So every time you go to grill, try switching up what you eat to identify which specific foods are your triggers. Next time you can find replacements for them, and grill on, GERD free!
If acid reflux, pains in the chest, a cough or a sore throat persist for long periods of time, they could be symptoms of GERD. If you start to experience excessive or daily acid reflux, especially coupled with a sore throat and a cough that lingers, you should ask your doctor about GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Learn more about GERD on CDHF’s website here.