Friday, July 3, 2009

Symptom 1 for stress: Killer heartburn

Cause: stress makes your stomach produce more gastric acid. Combining that with greasy, grab-and-go food can lead to severe heartburn. In some cases, acid may rise into your esophagus; that's called reflux.

Fixes: drink some water every half hour. This will not only give you regular stress break, it'll also wash your stomach acid out of your esophagus and dilute it, temporarily soothing the burn. Cut the fast food; high fat launches might calm your nerves (digestion relaxes you), but they'll turn your gut into a volcano. Avoid food that spurs heartburn. Such as coffee, tomato sauce, onions, chocolate and peppermint. See a doctor if your heartburn persists for more than a week, or if it's accompanied by dizziness, sweating or light headedness.

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