The season for diet-cheating is here! Heartburn is never on the menu this time of year, but it insists on showing up. Especially after eating way too much of mom or grandma’s favorite recipe, even if it comes with a side of regret 20 minutes later.
Heartburn, or acid reflux, occurs when the body regurgitates gastric acid into the esophagus. It’s the primary symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease, and if left unchecked, it could lead to esophageal cancer.
The guarantee of fast relief from heartburn discomfort is the driving force behind over-the-counter remedies like Alka Seltzer, Pepto Bismol, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium. They’re okay to take once in awhile. However, relying solely on PPIs to treat heartburn could lead to stomach cancer and other side effects.
We know the holiday cravings are strong. Here are some heartburn remedies for comfortably enduring Aunt Maggie’s Insanely Delicious Thing She Makes Every Year That Will Definitely Give You Heartburn: