HAPPY THANKSGIVING…..To all my wonderful followers.
Yes, we are in the Holiday Season of the year. As a word of caution ‘BEWARE’…..actually BE AWARE of what you eat.
Heartburn, known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is on the horizon. GERD manifests as occasional or chronic pain the center of the chest and contrary, so it said, to popular belief “excess stomach acid is not the cause of GERD (heartburn).” (info from Life Extension Magazine)
The influx of media advertising regarding GERD, encourages people to use PPI’s – proton pump inhibiting drugs to give them heartburn relief. These include Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, etc. which are suppose to block stomach acid production. Science is now saying “this is a misconception and can have deadly consequences….which can lead to nutritional deficiencies, bone fractures, and heart disease.” Scientists say “PPI’s “impede acid production” (that means the body’s natural acid production). They “don’t stop the reflux of digestive enzymes, bile, and corrosive food/drinks into the esophageal lining.”
Scary! This is definitely a major problem which affects millions of people, young and old alike.
What to do…..
* AVOID certain foods and beverages to include coffee, chocolate, spicy foods, carbonated beverages, alcohol, tomatoes, milk, cheese, some citrus, cakes, pastries.
* QUIT SMOKING!
* LOSE WEIGHT – “increased body mass and abdominal adiposity increases pressure on the stomach and lower esophagus.”
* MONITOR MEAL SIZE – and high fat meals. “Weight reduction positively impacts many aspects of health….and potentially enhances longevity.”
* AVOID – eating close to bedtime.
* ELEVATE – the head of the bed while sleeping.
* LIMIT “aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.”
It is your choice as to whether you want to use PPI’s for relief….but as for me, I would avoid using them as they are risky. Helpful supplementation, away from over-the-counter drugs and prescribed PPI’s, includes Vitamin B-12 and, would you believe, Pomegranate (the real fruit).
The above is for informational purposes only. My rule during the holidays is – it is okay to enjoy those special meals – but in moderation. Just remember NOT TO OVEREAT. If you have implemented the Detox Diet Plan (noted in my earlier blog) you may notice, as I do, that your body may not accept many of the foods that you used to eat and loved while in your old state of mind and body. I usually have an all night session in the bathroom. That being said, enjoy your meal but know when to stop eating.
After the football games are over and family and friends have departed, don’t forget to ‘Thank God’ for the blessing you received on this special day.
As the hours slowly ween away
The sun behind the mountain folds,
Leaving the sky an azure blue
With tinted clouds of pink and gold.
The distant landscape glittering bright
Gives way to a world of shadows
Closing o’er the day, bringing forth the night,
And the world in sleep awaits the awakening from
A morning ray.
Written in 1954 by: I J Hull (Cutrubus)
Until next time….God Bless!