National Tummy Ache Day: November 1st

  • It's the day after Halloween and we are all likely dealing with our sugar hangover.  If you have acid reflux then you know why today has been dubbed "National Tummy Ache Day".  There are so many treats and sweets that can aggravate reflux that many people pay dearly the day after Halloween.  If this describes you or your child there are some healthy steps you can take to alleviate the tummy trouble.

    Add yogurt to your diet for the next week or more.  Yogurt contains a lot of healthy nutrients but when it comes to tummy trouble the best is probiotics.  Be sure to look for a yogurt that contains "active yogurt cultures" with minimal sugar.  I like Activa's light yogurts and love Greek yogurt as well.  If you are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk you can add probiotics by using a supplement.  American Health makes a good chewable and Biogaia has wonderful products as well.  I have used both with great success.

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    Cut out processed foods.  Prepackaged foods or fast food is not your friend when you are suffering from a reflux flare up.  Now is the time to eat cleanly.  (Actually we should eat cleanly as often as possible).  Whole grains, fresh fruits, veggies and lean meats are good options.

    Limit drinks that aggravte acid reflux.  These include soda, black teas, coffee and alcohol.  This doesn't mean that you have to eliminate them forever!  Once your acid reflux is under control you can add them back slowly in small amounts.

    If you have a house full of candy consider taking it to a Halloween Candy Buy Back program.  These programs, most often found in dentist offices, will "buy" the candy from your children in exchange for gift certificates, money or other fun non-food treats for kids.  The other benefit?  They send all of the donated candy to our troops in care packages.  That is a win/win in my opinion.

    If you follow these steps and continue to have issues you may need to plan a visit with your physician or GI.  Sometimes flare ups can be more severe or lead to esophagitis so if you continue to feel poorly get it checked out.

Published On: November 01, 2013