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Posts for: December, 2016

The holidays are a time of friends, family, and indulging in feasts, treats, and goodies. If you have acid reflux, however, the holidays can be a time of pain and discomfort. Here are 8 foods you should avoid over the holidays to dodge heartburn and enjoy your time with loved ones.

1.Halloween Candy

You might still have stashes of Halloween candy lying around during the holidays. Because many types of candy are acidic, especially chocolate, try to curb those urges and opt for a healthier snack like salad, oatmeal, or banana.


Gravy might be delicious – but it’s also greasy and high in fat. As good as gravy might be, try to avoid it completely.

3.Cranberry Sauce

Some people like cranberry sauce and others like whole cranberries. Either way, the acidity in cranberries will trigger your heartburn and cause you to miss out on the rest of dinner.

4.Turkey Skin

Turkey is a popular main course during the holidays. While the meat is healthy and won’t affect your heartburn too much, the fatty skin on the meat will. Make sure to cut the skin off before digging in to the main dish.

5.After-Dinner Drinks

Who doesn’t love a cup of decaf coffee or glass of wine after dinner? Unfortunately, most of these beverages are quite acidic. Although it’s tempting to enjoy a nightcap with friends and family, it’s best to stick with a glass of water.

6.Ice Cream

Most dairy products can be a trigger for acid reflux. If you’re going to have a slice of apple pie after dinner, skip the ice cream on the side.

7.Citrus Fruits

Fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruit, and pineapple are known to aggravate acid reflux symptoms because of their high acidity. Swap those fruits out for bananas, apples, melons, and mangos.

8.Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes and gravy are staples at any holiday feast. Unfortunately, much like gravy, the fat content in mashed potatoes can increase your heartburn. Instead of mashed potatoes, try sweet potatoes – just as delicious and extremely nutritious.

Even though the holidays are known for large meals and delectable treats, make sure to avoid these foods to keep your acid reflux in check.

For more information about healthy eating habits and improving your digestive health, schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist at GI Associates by calling 877-442-7762 or visit giassoc.org.

By GI Associates
December 01, 2016
Category: blog

Symptoms, Causes, and Prevention Strategies for Viral Gastroenteritis 

Did a batch of oysters leave you feeling ill? Did a queasy coworker pass on a nasty bugViral gastroenteritis, otherwise known as the stomach flu, is a common condition that affects over 20 million people each year. 



What causes it? 


Viral gastroenteritis is most commonly caused by norovirus, a type of virus found in contaminated food or water or in objects touched by those already infected. It can also be caused by rotavirus, a virus more common among children than adults.  


On average, people are infected by viral gastroenteritis about 5 times in their lifetime, and the condition is more common during the winter months 


What are the symptoms? 


The most common symptoms are: 

  • Diarrhea 

  • Vomiting 

  • Abdominal pain 

  • Muscle aches and pains 

  • Fever 


In most cases, symptoms usually only last for one or two days, but some rare cases can last up to 10 days. The most common symptoms, diarrhea and vomiting, can lead to dehydration because of a lack of water retention.  


Make sure you stay hydrated as much as possible to avoid further complications. Adults should hydrate with water and sports drinks and children should use water or electrolyte-replacement beverages (found at convenience stores/grocery stores). 


How can I prevent it? 


  1. Wash your hands throughout the day. 

Wash your hands after using the bathroom or before and after handling food. The norovirus can remain in your system for up to two weeks after you’re sick, so washing your hands is essential. 


  1. Wash/cook your food thoroughly. 

The norovirus is quite resilient, so it’s important to cook your seafood all the way through and completely wash your fruits and vegetables. 


  1. Avoid others and disinfect when you’re sick. 

If you’re infected by viral gastroenteritis, do not prepare or come in contact with food designated for others. Disinfect any surfaces or objects in your home or otherwise that might have been contaminated. 


It’s hard to completely reduce your risk of viral gastroenteritis, but maintaining these prevention tips can be a good start. Be smart about which dishes you order when you go out to eat and practice safe hygiene at all times. 


For more advice on achieving your best GI health, schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist at GI Associates by calling 877-442-7762 or visit giassoc.org.