7 Tips For A Happy GERD-Free Vacation

A vacation is a great way to beat stress, unwind and see the world. While it’s good to cut yourself some slack on vacation, these easy tips will help keep acid reflux symptoms at bay.

1. Eat Sensibly

A vacation is all about exploring a new place and indulging in a new cuisine. However, choose your restaurants well so that you can maintain your GERD-friendly diet. Don’t overindulge in heartburn triggers. Learning how to order right, when trying a new cuisine, will help you enjoy your food much more. Request your server to customize your meal and don’t forget to be assertive when you ask!

2. Limit Your Alcohol Intake

It’s alright to have a glass of wine with your meal, but try not to go overboard. Want to try local spirits? Make it a point to ask the bartender what goes into your drink, and avoid cocktails mixed with citrus juices at all costs.

3. Don’t Smoke

Nicotine in cigarettes relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, a muscular ring that prevents stomach contents from rising back into the esophagus.

4. Don’t Skip Meals When Sight-Seeing

If you have a tight schedule wherein it’s not possible to stop for a meal in-between, make sure you pack some healthy snacks in your bag to keep yourself from feeling hungry when you’re on the go.

5. Avoid Temptations

Sometimes, well-meaning travel companions might encourage you to try foods that could cause heartburn, or might try to persuade you for second helpings. Remember, slipping up will bring a nasty acid-reflux attack which will only ruin your vacation.

6. Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation can trigger heartburn and changing time zones may wreak havoc on your sleep cycle. Give yourself plenty of time to adjust to these changes after you arrive at your destination. Make sure you request for extra pillows at your hotel if you can’t prop up the bed (since keeping your head/upper body raised ensures that food and acid doesn’t flow back up the esophagus.)

7. Be Prepared

When on vacation, it’s not always possible to keep a tight control on your diet. Do carry your acid reflux medication with you, and pack a few extra ones, just in case.

With careful planning and commitment, it’s possible to have safe and happy travels with acid reflux. Bon Voyage!

Maneera Saxena Behl

Maneera Saxena Behl

Health and Fitness Enthusiast
Maneera Saxena Behl is a health and fitness enthusiast who is also a firm believer in the power of dietary supplements. A health buff, she likes to help others improve their overall well-being by achieving the right balance between nutrition, exercise and mindfulness.

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