The big game day is not the best time to start a new health and fitness routine.
So, grab that extra slice of pepperoni pizza. You'll only need to walk an extra 3 or 4 miles on Monday to burn the calories. But that's for ONE extra slice. Three extra slices and you're looking at a 10-mile hike, at least.
* One slice of pepperoni pizza -- 300 calories; 1 mile walk burns 75-100 calories
Morris News Service
HOUSTON -- Are you ready for some heartburn! Unfortunately this Super Bowl, many people will experience heartburn and stomach upset together with the thrill of victory or agony of defeat.
Heartburn is caused when stomach acid overcomes the barrier between the stomach and esophagus, called the sphincter, which keeps the lower end of the esophagus closed when a person is not swallowing food or liquids. Foods that contain fat cause the sphincter to relax, allowing the acid to come up more easily into the chest. The result is a burning pain in the chest and the abdomen that can last for hours and is often accompanied by a sour taste.
The simple way to prevent heartburn is to avoid the foods and drinks that trigger it, like high fat foods such as nachos or burgers, foods high in acidity, and alcoholic drinks.
But if you just can't give up your favorite treats, the following tips might help soothe your stomach:
Move around. Lying down after a big meal may help trigger heartburn. "Chest pressure is negative, and your body wants to move things from a positive to a negative area," said Dr. Gulchin Ergun, medical director of the Reflux Center at Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital in Houston.
"If you are lying down after a big meal, it makes it easier for stomach acid to move up." Ergun suggests taking a walk or playing a game of touch football with your family after your meal.
Take an antacid. For immediate relief, over-the-counter antacids work fastest to reduce the acid that causes heartburn or stomach upset.
Eat in moderation. If you can't give up your mother's famous pecan pie, then go easy on the ham, or just eat only a portion of everything on your plate.
"Having a small amount of heartburn around the holidays isn't necessarily bad for you," Ergun said. "But you should really see your doctor if you are having symptoms two or three times a week."
More than 7 million Americans suffer from chronic heartburn, called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Left untreated, GERD can increase the risk for esophageal cancer. Diet modification, prescription drugs and surgery are all options to relieve the symptoms of GERD.
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