Covid-198… Job Stressors… Family… Holidays… These words can mean stress. A result of stress can be overeating as well as indigestion.
Not only does overeating result in unwanted calories and weight gain but it can also wreak havoc on your stomach. You know it when you feel it: that full, uncomfortable sensation in your belly during or after a meal. You might have burning or pain in the upper part of your stomach, too. It’s indigestion, also called dyspepsia.
Indigestion can happen simply from being stressed and not paying attention to our diet.
Simple ways to reduce stress during the holidays are…
- Find stress reducing exercise; take a long walk, ride a bike, even a massage or taking time for a manicure-pedicure can relieve stress.
- Engage your brain! Crossword puzzles, watching a movie or even puttering around in a workshop can take your mind off your stress and away from food.
- Eat healthy foods and stay on schedule! Skipping meals triggers your brain that you are hungry and may cause you to binge on your next meal.
- Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol, eating slower and chewing your meal thoroughly, avoiding spicy and greasy foods as well as waiting until after you are finished eating to drink, rather than drinking with your meal may help too.
Swallowing Is a Pretty Complex Operation
It takes anywhere from two to five seconds for food to make its way down your esophagus into your stomach.
After we’ve chewed our food, it’s formed into something called a bolus. Swallowing is a complex procedure in which the bolus is moved into the pharynx as the larynx (the organ connected to our windpipe) is covered and the esophagus opening is widened to accept the bolus. The bolus is then moved down through the esophagus through coordinated muscle movements known as peristalsis.
The esophagus is bound on each end by a sphincter muscle, which is responsible for an opening to allow the bolus to pass through. Heartburn can occur when the lower esophageal sphincter fails to close completely, allowing stomach acid to travel upward and irritate the tissue in the esophagus and throat.
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Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
In this easy vegetable side dish recipe, sweet potatoes are tossed with maple syrup, butter and lemon juice and are roasted until tender and golden brown. The delicious glaze that forms on these maple-roasted potatoes transform this ultra-simple dish into something sublime.
· 2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces (about 8 cups)
· 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
· 2 tablespoons butter, melted
· 1 tablespoon lemon juice
· ½ teaspoon of salt
· Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Arrange sweet potatoes in an even layer in a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour mixture over the sweet potatoes; toss to coat.
3. Cover and bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir, and cook, stirring every 15 minutes, until tender and starting to brown, 45 to 50 minutes more.
On behalf of the physicians and the staff of HGA and HEC, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy New Year!! We are extremely thankful and blessed to have such wonderful patients and their families who entrust us with their care.
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908-483-4000We are here to help you cope with this indigestion during the holidays and all year round! 908-483-4000