Tis the season for gatherings, parties, celebrations, large meals and drinks!! Everywhere we go there are tempting foods, sweets and alcohol… If you’ve ever suffered from GERD symptoms BEWARE- foods such as chocolate, sugar and other simple carbohydrates, alcohol, and certain spices can increase symptoms.
GERD or “gastroesophageal reflux disease” affects 20-30 percent of Americans (Kresser, 2017). It is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter, which is the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. A person is considered to have GERD if they have symptoms 2 or more times per week. The classic symptom is heartburn, but may include regurgitation (burping up stomach content), chest pain, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and cough. It can interfere with your daily activities, is sometimes embarrassing and can progress to being quite debilitating.
Ask our Registered Nurse, Lauren Jones:
Q: Help! Everyone around me is sick, how can I help myself stay healthy this Holiday Season?
A: Wash your hands and stay F.R.E.S.H.
WASH YOUR HANDS! One of the first lessons learned as an RN was proper hand washing technique. It seems basic, but so many people get it wrong and proper handwashing is one of the best first-line defenses against getting sick and spreading illness. 20 seconds (sing happy birthday to yourself twice) with warm water and soap, being sure to scrub palms, back of hands, in-between fingers, under fingernails, and pay attention to your cuticles and thumbs (some of the most commonly neglected areas).
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