10 Top Tips To Avoid Egg-Cessive Problems
Easter is a time of year when we tend to over-indulge in food and alcohol, which can have a negative impact on digestive systems and gut health. Here are 10 Top Tips to help avoid 'egg-cessive' problems - from leading gut guru, Professor Terry Bolin of the Gut Foundation:
1. Don't eat all your eggs at once! Savour the treats you receive from the Easter Bunny to avoid bloating and upset tummies
2. When planning Easter gatherings with family and friends, try not to over indulge after 7pm; food takes approximately four hours to digest and heartburn (that unpleasant, burning feeling welling up from the pit of the stomach) can hit at night if you eat later
3. Eat regularly; routine often disappears during holidays such as Easter - with school holidays and family gatherings - but sticking as closely to regular meal times as possible ensures your body can process food efficiently
4. If you're going to spoil yourself with a glass or two of wine make sure you treat yourself in moderation, as alcohol increases the amount of acid in the stomach - which means a greater chance of experiencing heartburn
5. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are all common culprits of bringing on a wave of heartburn. When savouring your delicious chocolate-y treats this Easter, wash them down with water instead
6. Smoking is a known trigger for heartburn. If you're considering quitting, now is the time
7. Fat laden and spicy meals are not your friend when it comes to tummy troubles like heartburn and indigestion. Reducing the intake of these kinds of foods will go a long way in keeping unpleasant symptoms at bay, especially around Easter when you may be feeling the effects of 'chocolate egg overload'
8. Exercise is a fantastic way to stimulate your digestive system; a walk each day during your Easter holidays with your family, friends and pets can thwart potential symptoms
9. If you do feel pain, discomfort or a burning sensation in your chest or stomach, heartburn or reflux could be the cause. There are a range of treatments available in pharmacy to help manage these symptoms, including Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) which work at the source of the problem
10. If you think you suffer from symptoms which may be heartburn or reflux, speak to your pharmacist about the best treatment option for you during the Easter period These Easter Tips are brought to your by heartburn treatment Pariet 10®, now available without a prescription from your pharmacy.
For more information about the Gut Foundation visit www.gutfoundation.com