As 2017 gets well into its second month, the majority of people find it difficult to hold on to their New Year resolutions. Overeating at holiday parties takes a toll on their health, which leads to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.
The scrumptious buffets, brunches, soft and hard drinks, and smoking at social gatherings are hard to resist, but according to health experts, people can escape tummy troubles easily by keeping a check on their intake.
“It is a very common problem in affluent societies; at least 3-4patientss come in a day with gastro issues, especially food reflux”
What is GERD?
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive problem that occurs when acid from the stomach flows backwards into the esophagus, causing a burning, acidic feel in the throat and chest.
Usually, it happens on the intake of too much spicy and fatty food that stays in the stomach for a longer time and interferes with the digestive system’s normal functioning.
Obese people tend to suffer more with this disease; 40 percent of GERD patients also develop Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Overeating and irregular eating hours result in a disruption in the general digestive process and increase heartburn. Tempting buffets and dinner parties also lead people to make the food choices that exacerbate GERD symptoms.
The most common symptom of GERD is a burning chest pain beginning from behind the breastbone, moving upwards to the neck and throat, leaving an acidic or bitter taste in the mouth.
Dr Upadhayay thinks patients should keep a check on the kind and volume of food they eat, and chew it properly or not. He also suggests going slow on the food at parties, choosing healthier options, and general moderate eating.
Aster Hospital Mankhool