The summer season is here! That means spending time with friends and family, work parties, bbq's with yummy food and drink, and sunscreen. With all the summer fun, usually comes the dreaded summer heartburn (insert spooky music here). Summer Heartburn is not a diagnosis you’ll find in any textbook, it’s just how I refer to the consequences of maximizing the enjoyment of the summer. So, the question is, how do I prevent Heartburn?? The key to prevention is understanding the cause, so as per usual I’ll do my best to break it all down for you.
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn is formally known as Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), the action of the acid from your stomach moving up and splashing your esophagus. This is what leads to that burning feeling you get in your chest and the back of your throat.
What causes heartburn?
There’s a couple theories:
Everyone has slightly different triggers, but the main offenders are usually from lifestyle and diet.
How do I treat my heartburn?
Basically do the opposite of the things that trigger your heartburn
Diet: avoid the above foods
There you have it, simple and realistic ways to prevent and minimize your heartburn symptoms. Now get out there and enjoy the rest of your summer! (insert sunglasses smiley emoji here)
Dr Landon McLean is a Naturopathic doctor accepting new patients in Whistler BC