Did you know barbecue sauce is highly acidic meaning it can trigger acid reflux? Barbecue can also be used for flavoring purpose, barbecue ingredients vary from place to place, and some of the ingredients include onion powder, spices such as black pepper and sweeteners.
Acid reflux is a condition that is characterized by a burning pain normally in the lower chest area. It occurs when the acid from the stomach content streams back to the esophagus the main cause of acid reflux in an individual is flooded acid in the stomach. In most cases when you consume barbecue sauce there are high chances to churn up stomach acid.
Acid reflux is also known as GERD. Acid traveling upwards towards the throat caused barbecue acid is the main reason which causes acid reflux (heartburn). The main characteristics of heartburn include:
- Bad breath
- A sore throat, this is normally caused by digestive problems. Heartburn causes aching of the throat after consumptions of meals which can also be chronic.
- Feeling sick and bloating.
- Burning pain in the chest, this occurs due to the splashing acid into the esophagus and due to this, it leads to pain lasting longer than expected.
- Bitter taste, this is caused by escaping gas from your stomach which makes its way back of the throat.
- A cough. When stomach acid emitted due to the consumption of barbecue which contains acids, which can cause several respiratory symptoms including wheezing.
Tips to help you Reduce acid Reflux Effects
As the saying goes, a barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start. The question you should be asking yourself is how you can ease heartburn and reduce acid reflux in your body. One of this various ways includes: consumption of smaller, more frequent diets, place a pillow below your head in such a position your head and chest is above the level of your waist and find various ways to relax. Also, their various reasons which might worsen the heartburn which varies from one individual to the other, such as smoking, stress, and anxiety. But if the symptoms persist your advice to seek medical attention from a physician.