Tips for Relief From Heartburn Due To Medicines

How To Get Relief From Heartburn Due To Medicines?

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Do you take medicines? Consuming any prescription medicine or one purchased over-the-counter has side effects. And a common one is heartburn. Heartburn is a burning sensation you have in your chest or throat that occurs when acid flows upwards from the stomach.

Some people feel that they just have to live with it and they can do nothing about it. No! There is something that can always be done.

List out the medications you take and ask your doctor if any one of them is causing heartburn. He may change the medicine for you and you can get relief from heartburn due to medicines!

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What all kinds of medicines cause heartburn?

The types of medicines that can cause heartburn:

  • Anxiety medicines
  • Antidepressants
  • Antibiotics
  • High BP medicines
  • Nitroglycerin
  • Pain relievers
  • Osteoporosis medicines


Tips for Relief From Heartburn Due To Medicines

Let me tell you before beginning that you should not stop your prescription medicine without the knowledge of your doctor. Also, don’t take more than the dose recommended.

1) Make note of when and how you take the medicine. Some medicines and supplements are to be taken right after a meal to make sure that you don’t have heartburn. There are others that have to be taken on an empty stomach. If unsure, you should ask your doctor of pharmacist when to take each medicine.

2) Request your doctor to review all the medicines you are taking. You should let the doctor know about not just the prescription medicines but also about supplements and over-the-counter drugs. Your doctor will be able to change the dosage of the medicine, switch to a different one or suggest some ways to reduce your heartburn.

3) You can ask your doctor about changing the way you get your medication. For instance, if you take NSAID for arthritis, you can consider switching from pills to a cream which is less likely to cause heartburn.

4) After you take your medicines don’t lie down. You need to stay upright for 30 minutes after consuming bisphosphonates and a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes after taking anti-anxiety medicines or sleep aids to prevent heartburn.

5) If you have a lot of heartburn, you must drink a cup of ginger tea after dinner.

6) If you are considering consuming antacids available over the counter, please consult your doctor. Some antacids can interfere with other medicines, so you need to stick to what your doctor says. Also, the usage of antacids for a long-term is not advisable unless you doctor prescribes it.

7) Talk to your doctor about your problem and ask him for prescription heartburn treatments. However, it may take some time for the new drug to take effect.

8) Don’t wait too long if your heartburn does not get alright. If there are symptoms like difficulty in swallowing and loss of weight, you should see the doctor immediately. Waiting for long can make it difficult to correct the issue and over time acid reflux harms the esophagus.

The above information does not take precedence over the advice of a doctor.

Hope this post ‘How To Get Relief From Heartburn Due To Medicines’ has been useful!

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5 Tips for Healthy(ish) Tailgating

Few fall rituals offer as much fun — and temptation — as tailgating. For some, the festivities even eclipse the game itself and serve as a much-needed opportunity to reconnect with family, friends and fellow football fans not seen since last winter.

Of course, it’s a great way to wreck the work you’ve put in with diet and exercise since then, too. If that’s the case, you have three options: 1) Skip the tailgate; 2) Go to the tailgate and don’t eat anything or 3) Find a way to go and take care of yourself. Since options 1 and 2 are rude (and not very fun), we recommend going with 3. Here’s how you’ll do it:


Burgers and hot dogs are a cookout staple, but chicken makes a healthier (and just as tasty) alternative. It’s better for your heart, has fewer saturated fats and you can easily find a trove of recipes to see you through to the playoffs. We especially like serving it on a skewer, potentially with some crunchy veggies and a tasty tzatziki sauce. Because everything tastes better on a stick.


As “The Simpsons” once sang, you don’t win friends with salad. You can, however, win friends with vegetarian buffalo wings, swapping out chicken for lower-calorie (and nutrient-packed) cauliflower — especially when you serve them with a vegan substitute for ranch dip. (Maybe don’t advertise that part, at least not until after your buddies have tried it.) The best part? You can still go to town with the hot sauce, since nearly every hot sauce is virtually calorie-free.


If you still want to serve chicken, consider baking the wings ahead of time, rather than frying them. They’re still tasty but have way less fat.


By now, you already know the virtues of avocados (plenty of “good fat,” tons of vitamins and minerals). You are probably familiar with the vices of most party dips (plenty of bad fat, not so many vitamins and minerals). You see where we’re going with this: Replace your standard-issue potato chips and French onion dip with veggies (or even kale or lentil chips) and guac. Bonus points for getting something super-fresh from the farmers market, especially now that it’s harvest season in most of the country.


We already told you about the virtues of lighter beer. Best of all, your favorite craft brewery probably now makes a more diet-friendly can of suds. Tailgate season is the perfect time to sample until you find a favorite. In case it doesn’t go without saying: Even if you’re drinking a lighter beer, you still need to hydrate with good old H2O. It will help prevent overconsumption, and you’re already up on the weight-loss benefits of water, right?


You’re not at a bar or a house party, you’re at a game. Likely in a parking lot. With space. Take advantage and bring a football or Frisbee — something to get you moving, even just a little. It’s not gonna replace a round of burpees (but hey, you could always do those in the parking lot, if you don’t mind being “that guy” or “girl”). But studies have shown any kind of movement is better for you than sitting. It’ll also keep you from reaching for that “no really, this is my last one” chip.

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7 Quick-Packing Picnic Tips

There are a few months out of the year when that mountain vista, grassy knoll, local park bench and rooftop make suitable dining rooms. The next time you have the romantic (and relaxing!) urge to “eat out,” don’t reach for a bucket of greasy fried chicken or limp grocery store sandwiches. With these healthy, easy-to-make, quick-pack formulas, you’ll be out the door and dining healthfully al fresco in no time!

Before you go, here are seven tips to optimize your picnic basket:


  • Stuffy serving pieces. Pick disposable wrappings, lightweight, bio-friendly wrappings or plastic tupperware. You can even use a small serving bowl, tie a kitchen towel over it and carry it with you.
  • Fancy recipes that require hours of prep. Sometimes the best way to picnic is to raid the fridge for pickles, cheese, leftover cold cuts and the rest of that loaf of bread.


  • You’re leaving the fridge (and the A/C) at home. Even if you bring a cooler, you won’t be able to keep your spread chilled while you dine, so choose foods that won’t wilt, spoil or mind being out a little while.
  • To keep it simple. One-bowl meals, dips and finger foods are picnic blanket friendly and mean you can crash in the grass or set up on a table without much forethought.
  • To bring utensils, bowls and a board. There’s nothing worse than packing a beautiful one-bowl meal and realizing you forgot forks, bowls or spoons. A small, portable cutting board that fits in your basket, a pocket knife for cutting. Plastic dinnerware comes in handy, too.
  • To keep it fresh. Packing fruits, veggies and foods in their original state makes for an easier picnic.


Fresh produce is always ready, and there’s very little you need to do other than load it in your basket. When you’re eating “out,” fresh produce is a great menu move because your dishes won’t spoil, veggies are easy to eat and they capitalize on the bounty of summer and great weather that lured you outside in the first place. Our best ideas for fresh veggies and fruits in your picnic basket:

  • Slice fresh tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and peppers and serve with a healthy bean dip, hummus or guacamole.
  • Chop up watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew, combine with a few torn mint leaves and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bust out a big salad. Choose kale or chard for salads. These greens can stand up to warmer dinner tables. Spring greens and other delicate leaves wilt under even light dressings in warmer weather making your perky salad soggy.
  • Serve avocados on the “half shell.” Scoop out the buttery meat and serve on crackers with salt.
  • Roughly chop peaches, tomatoes and plums. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon, sprinkle with basil and add chunks of bread for a picnic-ready panzanella.



Salami, prosciutto and other cured-meats are a nice way to start your meal without worrying about spoilage (or messy cleanup and transport). A rotisserie chicken is an easy, finger-friendly way to add protein, too, though it can’t live outside of temperature control for very long.  Beans, nuts and eggs are also great choices since their spoiling points are a bit less sensitive. A few protein-packed picnic ideas:

  • Mix up a bean salad with freshly cooked or canned white beans, black beans or lentils. Drain the beans, drizzle with olive oil and lemon and add a sprinkle of salt and fresh herbs. Serve with crackers or toss into your salad!
  • Make a dip with those same beans by pureeing in a blender or food processor, seasoning with whatever favorite spices, salt and pepper you have on hand. Serve with chopped veggies.
  • Put an egg on it. (Or in it.) Mix up an egg salad for sandwiches, mash up hard-boiled eggs and toss into salads, or carry the little hard-boiled eggs on their own and eat with salt and pepper. (Stay away from poached or fried eggs. No one wants yolks in their picnic basket.)
  • Stack a sando. Is there anything more summery than a fresh BLT? Make up sandwiches with your favorite meats and cheeses before you leave to picnic for the easiest and ultimate in picnic packing (and cleanup!) ease.


Almost  any carbohydrate is easy to pack and can be combined with veggies and proteins to make a picnic-friendly meal. Potatoes, polenta, cooled cooked rice, pasta, quinoa or even crusty loaves of bread fit the bill — no worrying about spoilage in this macronutrient department! Here are some of our tastiest meal-making ideas:

  • Cook and cool your favorite pasta, rice or grain. Toss into a big salad with hearty greens, fresh veggies and beans to complete the meal. (Add seeds or nuts for texture, top with your favorite easy dressing!)
  • Whip up a bowl of potato salad. Using olive oil instead of mayo helps your salad last longer al fresco.
  • Toss a box of whole-grain crackers or crusty bread into your picnic basket. Serve with bean dips, use to scoop up bean salads or eat with fresh veggies and eggs.


When it comes to eating outside, not all fats are created equal. Choose healthy fats that won’t melt or change composition when the temperature rises. Leave the butter at home and opt instead for healthy drizzles of olive oil, avocado oil or your favorite nut oil for flavor. Avocados and fresh cheese are a great way to add texture to your meals without the melty-ness.


Packable desserts are awesome but typically require extra forethought to prepare. Pass up the pre-packaged sweets and stuff a couple of 70% dark chocolate bars into your basket, or bring a pint of fresh berries or stone fruits to slice and share. These sweets are simple and easy to enjoy as you’re gathering around your picnic blanket, celebrating a meal well served.

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Remember That Time You Thought You Were Fat? 5 Tips for a New Healthy Outlook

I was recently going through a box of pictures (back when I used to get pics printed) and came across a picture from my senior year of high school. I looked great, had a smile on my face and seemed happy, but I can actually remember every detail. I was going to a school athletic awards banquet. I was 17 and the captain of my volleyball and softball teams (not the most popular sports at my prep school in Greenwich, Connecticut). I even remember what I was thinking, “Why am I so fat? … If only I was 5-pounds lighter, I’d be so happy.”

And that was high school!

I wish I could say those negative thoughts were something I left behind in high school, but the truth is they’ve followed me into adulthood. I still think the “if I just lost another 5 pounds …” thoughts, but they are fewer and further between.

Have you ever looked at an old photo of yourself and laughed (or cried) because you remember thinking or telling yourself you were fat or not good enough and now you would do anything just to get back to that point?

Thanks to spending more time with myself and learning to better love the entirety of myself, I’ve finally realized I need to stop trying to chase the past and instead focus on being healthy, happy and feeling good. You can certainly be overweight and healthy, but you need to take care of yourself inside and out.

If you’re stuck wishing you could turn back the hands of time, here are five tips to readjust your perspective and mindset moving forward:


Your weight can be affected by so many things: salt intake, sleep, water intake, bathroom habits, your cycle (for women) just to name a few. For this reason, you should treat weight as an indicator and not the end all be all.

As mentioned above, you can be overweight and happy, but think about the many other indicators of health. Ask yourself:  How do I actually feel? Am I run down? Am I unhappy with how I look? Does my body ache? If so, it’s time for a change. And I don’t just mean weight loss, I mean taking care of yourself. Eating well, exercising, sleeping and taking care of your mental health are all key components of health. Take the time to regularly think about how you are doing on all fronts, not just the scale.



Knock negative thoughts out by overloading on positive ones. Think about how phenomenal you are! What do you like about you? What do those in your inner circle like about you? Write down your positive thoughts and read them back on the days when all you can think of are the downers. Write about what makes you happy, the things you want to accomplish and how you plan to achieve them. You may want to play a little Nina Simone to boost those feel good vibes.


Write your goals down. Better yet, log them in the MyFitnessPal app so you can literally watch your journey on a chart. Think about how far you’ve come and where you want to go. If you are having trouble getting rid of the destructive negative thoughts, it’s time to talk to a professional.

I’ve currently got a 22-day streak on MyFitnessPal … I know that’s not a huge number compared to people like Carla (who’s logged more than 1K days in a row!), but for me it’s rewarding to log in and see that reminder. I find it even more motivating because people who consistently track their nutrition and physical activity are more likely be be successful. One study showed people who logged their meals for six months lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t.

Please pass me my phone, immediately … I need to log now!


If I calculated it, I’ve probably gained and lost the equivalent weight of the starting lineup for a team in the NBA. Sigh.

The truth is, preventing weight gain once you’ve hit your goal can sometimes be the hardest part. Studies show only about 20% of overweight people who accomplish their weight-loss goals maintain that loss for at least one year. Set yourself up for success, but stay focused and don’t beat yourself up if you gain, because you are not alone in striving to accomplish your goals.



Whether you’ve had a baby, recovered from surgery or just got over a cold, use those as reminders your body is capable of awe-inspiring things: Your body is an extraordinary machine and you sit in the driver’s seat. You are, to a large extent, in control of what your body looks like and how it performs based on how you treat it. Make the decision to hop on the elliptical, run around the block or increase your intake of fruits and veggies because those choices have a direct effect on your health.

Keep flipping through the photo albums, but remember you only have one body. As you age your body will, too. Adjust your goals accordingly. Stop trying to chase your high school, pre-wedding or pre-baby weight. Instead focus on the weight that’s right for you at this point in your life.


I want to hear from you! Have you ever looked at an old picture of yourself and wished you would have just appreciated and loved yourself and your body? How do you keep things in perspective? Share your story in the comments below, I look forward to reading what you have to say!

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