611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

LaFrontera
member support line
1-520-279-5737
M-F 5pm-8pm
24/7 weekends/holidays

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530



SEABHS
611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530


powered by centersite dot net

Getting Started
Here are some forms to get started. These can be printed and brought with you so that you can pre-fill out some known info ahead of time. More...


Medical Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
As in Adults, Minority Kids Hit Hardest by COVID-19Simple Test Shows Which Face Masks Are BestBeware of Hand Sanitizers Containing MethanolWhat Athletes Should Know About COVID-19, Heart Damage and Working OutCOVID-19 Causing More Stress in America Than Other Nations: SurveyWill Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here's Some Guidance on Doing It SafelyScientists Call for Broader Use of Faster COVID TestsTwo Common Nutrients Might Keep Vertigo at BayPeople Are Dying, Going Blind After Drinking Hand Sanitizer, CDC WarnsMore Social Media Use, More Fake COVID NewsSkip the 'Maskne,' Not the MaskObesity Ups Odds for Severe COVID-19, But Age MattersSeven States Join Pact to Speed Coronavirus TestingStudy Casts Doubt on Value of Cholesterol DrugsCOVID-19 Fears Had Sick, Injured Americans Avoiding ERsCancer Diagnoses Plunge as Americans Avoid Screening During PandemicMysterious Paralyzing Illness in Kids Is Set to Return, CDC WarnsMany Older Americans Staying Strong in the PandemicCoronavirus Cases Now Climbing in the MidwestCould the First Drug That Slows Arthritis Be Here?Schools Can Reopen Safely If Precautions in Place, Australian Study ShowsFace Masks, Yes, But Don't Forget Hand-Washing TooEven With PPE, Risk of COVID-19 Still High for Frontline WorkersCoronavirus Pandemic Becoming Far More Widespread, Birx SaysGuard Against Lyme Disease This SummerKids 'Efficient' Transmitters as COVID-19 Raced Through a Georgia Summer CampCollege Students Will Need COVID Tests Every 2-3 Days for Campus Safety: StudyAHA News: Sustained High Blood Pressure May Damage Brain VesselsAnother Side Effect of COVID-19 -- Lasting Hearing Problems?Pandemic Could Complicate Hurricane SeasonStudy Reveals How Coronavirus Travels IndoorsNew Study Sheds Doubt on Notion Kids Aren't COVID-19 SpreadersAHA News: Are Virtual Doctor Visits Safe for Discharged Heart Failure Patients?Double Lung Transplants Save Lives of Sickest COVID PatientsGynecological Cancers Not a Risk for Severe COVID-19: Study11 States Could Face ICU Doc Shortages as Coronavirus Cases SurgeWildfire Pollution Puts Kidney Patients at RiskAmerica's Progress Against Early Cardiovascular Death Is SlowingAHA News: 5 Easy Ways to Keep Tabs on Heart HealthGene Study Shows How Coronavirus Swept Through the Diamond PrincessOne Disease Mosquitoes Don't Spread: CoronavirusU.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Surges Past 150,000Do Bedbugs Dirty the Air Inside Your Home?AHA News: New Test May Predict Who Develops Certain Type of Heart FailureLess Smoking, Drinking Means Fewer Hip Fractures for AmericansYet Another Study Finds Vaccines Are SafeCommon Diabetes Meds Linked to Higher Odds for a Serious ComplicationSurvivors' COVID Antibodies May Provide a Powerful GiftConcussion Ups Odds for Many Brain ConditionsFinal Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Get Underway
Questions and AnswersLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Cancer
Men's Health
Women's Health

Got Chronic Heartburn? Easy Does It During the Thanksgiving Feast

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Nov 28th 2019

new article illustration

THURSDAY, Nov. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The turkey, stuffing, cranberries, green bean casserole and mashed potatoes on the Thanksgiving table may look tempting, but if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) you should proceed with caution, experts say.

GERD is often called chronic heartburn or acid reflux.

"When it comes to what we eat and drink over the holidays, it is important to remember the saying: everything in moderation," said Dr. Robert Kavitt, director of the University of Chicago Medicine Center for Esophageal Diseases.

A common digestive disorder, GERD occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the mouth and stomach.

It's important for people with GERD to eat slowly and avoid overeating, Kavitt said. Eating slowly gives you time to feel full, which decreases your risk of overeating. Overeating puts pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle, a ring-like muscle that acts as a valve between the esophagus and stomach. When that muscle is weakened, acid can flow back into the esophagus and trigger a GERD episode.

Eat at least an hour or two before going to bed. It's more difficult to digest your food when you're lying down, so eating earlier and staying upright for a bit will allow your food time to break down.

Drink more water and limit carbonated beverages and alcohol. "Carbonated beverages and alcohol can cause relaxation of the LES muscle and trigger GERD," said Dr. Yalini Vigneswaran, also from the Center for Esophageal Diseases. "If you drink more water, it will clear the esophagus and reduce reflux."

Avoid your GERD triggers. Some common ones are: garlic, raw onions, chocolate, red wine, peppermint and citrus fruits.

Have your preferred antacid at the ready. "Prepare for a potential GERD episode by keeping your over-the-counter antacids or medicine prescribed by your doctor handy," Vigneswaran said in a university news release.

"We want people to enjoy themselves; being mindful of what and how they eat will help them to do so," she said.

More information

The American Gastroenterological Association has more on GERD.