Much as we all love eating here at Recipe4Living (and oh how we do), we?ll admit that the culinary arts have their downsides. Collapsing souffles, burning kitchens, and course the looming threat of obesity all come to mind. But one in particular irks me the most: a little lifelong curse called "heartburn."
Heartburn (known scientifically as the much cooler sounding pyrosis) is caused by stomach acid?that highly caustic stuff that breaks down all our food?entering the esophagus. This can happen for a lot of reasons, but the most common one by far is certain foods temporarily loosening the lower esophageal sphincter, which ordinarily keeps anything in the stomach from, well, coming back up. Despite its name, the burning pain you feel?which may strike anywhere from your chest to your arms to your tongue?doesn?t actually involve your heart, but as a lovely side effect many people misinterpret the pain as life-threatening and wind up at the hospital.
So what?s to be done about this gastro-offender? Sufferers of chronic heartburn should look into medication and ask if they have a disorder called Acid Reflux, but those of us who only encounter heartburn occasionally can avoid it by following these rules.
Nothing stirs up stomach acid like an evening spent gorging at the trough. Anyone who loves a meal that leaves you three belt sizes larger, be ready to chow down on antacids or drink plenty of water. But don?t be surprised if you find yourself whimpering and clutching your chest.
Everything good is bad for you.
Fans of chocolate, citrus, caffeine (particularly coffee), beef, soda, and tomatoes: we?re sorry to say it, but you?re putting your esophaguses at risk. Well, not really at risk, but by consuming too many inflammatory foods?say, eating Beef, Bean and Cheese casserole for dinner and a Sundae Pizza for dessert?you virtually guarantee a weakened LES and a burning throat. That?s not to say you need to drop any of these things entirely, but as in most things, moderation is the key to pleasant living. Oh, and bad news for Weekly Libation fans: alcohol?s on this list, too.
Obesity is still our enemy.
Heartburn is increasingly likely as you get increasingly heavy. Yet another reason to keep your weight at a healthy level by moderating your food intake and complementing it with plenty of exercise! Of course, that leads into..
Don?t strain yourself.
At least, not immediately after eating a heavy meal! Though you should never exercise on an empty stomach, it?s not a good idea to go for a jog following a Mardi Gras party, either. Straining your body can loosen your LES and stir up your stomach acids, particularly if they?ve just dealt with a lot of food.
Be gentle with your stomach.
Any position or effort which puts strain on your stomach may force some acid back up. Exercising, of course, plays a part, but so does lying down or bending over. Avoid going to bed for at least three hours following your dinner; from a dietary standpoint, you should be doing that anyway!
Eat low-risk foods.
These include apples; vegetables like broccoli and carrots; fish, skinless chicken breasts, and lean beef; eggs; water; low-fat desserts, and most grains. Remember, it?s not that you can?t eat the troublemakers, but you should balance your gastronomic expeditions between those and the safer foods.
If heartburn does strike?and let?s face it, it probably will at some point?be sure to take some antacids. If you don?t happen to have any Tums on hand, drink plenty of water, do not lie down, and try to avoid unnecessary physical activities. And if nothing seems to help, reflect on the fact that at least you had a delicious meal!
Here are some heartburn-safe recipes for you to enjoy:
Chicken Breasts with Pears and Zinfandel (minus the shallots)
Baked Apple Delight
German Soft Pretzels
Honey-Ginger London Broil (minus the onions)
Frequently Asked Questions
I get very bad heartburn after eating a meal with a lot of starch in it, such as Pizza, polenta, etc?
I was wondering if anyone knows why and if there is anything that I can do about it?
Does anybody get sick eating Litlle Caesar's pizza?
I hardly eat that pizza place (much more cheatza pizza place) but on the few occasions I had to since that was the only thing to eat, I get sick. I receive a strong heartburn after eating one slice or get an upset stomach. That pizza (cheatza) is cheap sh*t.
I'd rather spend a lot of money than turn on the oven for something for something I need fast. Round Table Pizza FTW.
i get heartburn after eating tomatoes?
it started a few months ago and now everytime i eat anything with tomatoes like pizza or spagetti or tomato soup, just anything with any type of tomato in it i get really bad heartburn, is there any way to stop it and what exactly do i have?
Tomatoes are high in acid, so that is why the heartburn is worse after you eat them. You can try taking a daily pill for heartburn, such as omeprazole.
Upset tummy after eating pizza?? Lactose Intolerance, maybe?
Lately, whenever I eat pizza, I get a terrible stomachache. Usually includes heartburn, and I often have to wake up in the middle of the night to vomit (this is 8-10 hours after eating anything). Then I have terrible diarrhea and stomach cramps.
Any idea of what could be causing this? I don’t think I am lactose intolerant, b/c I eat yogurt very regularly and have cheese from time to time. I also drink soymilk (not sure if that has lactose or not).
Anyway, any ideas would be appreciated. Pizza is my fave and I don’t want to give it up…but I am thinking I might have to.
Sounds more like being dehydrated?? If you aren't hydrating your body properly it will have a very hard time digesting the food you eat ....... increase your intake of fresh filtered water. Drink more water up to 20 minutes before and after meals, not during meals as this will dilute the digestive juices in your tummy.
Also try to cut back on dehydrating drinks such as coffee and tea, sodas and soft drinks and alcohol (if you drink). All these drinks will dehydrate you terribly. A cup of coffee will make you peesh out 2 cups of water and just one can of soda will make you peesh up to 12 cups of water !! Shocking isn't it??!!
Cheese, BTW, is extremely low in lactose ....... could it be the preservatives in the bread ie; 282?? It might also be that it is too fatty for your system to digest. Try eating some leafy greens with your pizza next time as they are full of magnesium and will encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy, thus aiding digestion....... water, though is the most important thing here i think.
why would heartburn start about 3-4 hours after eating?
I am 22 weeks pregnant (using husbands account lol)
and I usually don't get heartburn when i'm not pregnant, so it's hard for me to know what is normal with heartburn. However the very few times I've had it, it usually started about 1/2 hour after I ate...lasting for about an hour or two.
Last night I had some pepperoni pizza, and got heartburn rite after finishing eating at around 8 pm. I was up until 4 am with terrible heartburn pain. When i fell asleep i still had the pain.
When I woke up the next day around 10am, I still had slight heartburn pains.
they slowly faded through the day. I ate some leftover beef taco with lettuce and tomato in a flour tortilla around 5pm, and now 3-4 hours later, have the WORST heartburn pain ever! it didn't start till about 8:30pm this time. What is going on???
this is my second pregnancy, and i realize that it's normal to get heratburn while pregnant. However with my first pregnancy I craved/ate pretty much nothing but spicy food. sometimes I would even buy habanero sauce to add to already spicy foods, because it just wasn't spicy enough for my cravings.
I did not get heartburn once during that pregnancy!
so I was wondering if anyone could give me some reason why I would be having such unusual heartburn symptoms all of a sudden?
GERD because of the pregnancy. It will go away after delivery.