Exactly ^^^ That's one of the things the article states too
Also, if you look at the numbers, they don't necessarily reflect that "90% more likely" headline the some reporters have run with, at least not in the way that many people would interpret it. That makes it sound like it's nearly a done deal for most people. In reality, the study was on 50,000 people and around 300 were diagnosed with esophageal cancer over a ten year period. Is that a lot? Sure, but it also feels like a lot less than saying 90% more likely, doesn't it? It's how you manipulate the numbers and clearly they're wandering into click bait territory.
I think, with most things we could discuss in this thread, just use common sense, and common sense should tell you that drinking scalding hot liquids isn't good for your throat!
I dealt with acid reflux over a decade ago, but have only had twinges over the years since then, It too over a year of no caffeine and dietary changes to get healthy again. Lately I've been dealing with BAD heartburn (although not AR pain) and am having to overhaul my diet again. For now *wimper* I'm caffeine-free. I'm also trying to cut out any foods that would be problematic and unhealthy.
I did some research and found that licorice root can help with heartburn. I bought some tea and, while it's not a taste sensation and I wouldn't drink it otherwise, it does seem to help with the heartburn. I also got some ginger tablets and those also seem to help. Pepto chewable tablets work really well, but they also throw your digestive system into a tizzy, so I'd rather not cause other problems.
I have a grocery order coming today that has lots of fresh veg and a little meat. I'm working on focusing my diet more on whole grains/complex carbs and vegetables with just a bit of protein thrown in. We'll see how I do!
After a year of Covid, it's amazing that I can even function. My body is definitely telling me - in many ways - that it needs different foods than I've been giving it.
I chew a piece or two of candied ginger when I get heartburn...never tried licorice tea. I love the flavor though, I'll have to see if I can find some.
I must be lacking in some vitamin/nutrient, I've been craving red fruits really bad. Fortunately my favorite dark red cherries are hitting the grocery store () and watermelons are coming in too. I do this in the winter with orange veggies - I always crave sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin pie...weird.
It's licorice ROOT tea, so not quite as good, if you like black licorice. Like I said, it's not terrible, but I probably wouldn't drink it if not for the medicinal benefits. I like ginger tea too, although when I'm having heartburn, it's hard to distinguish the burn of the tea from the heartburn Trader Joe's has those ginger chews, but they're too spicy for me. I was on a bus trip with a group and got motion sick on the way TO the destination. I was dreading the ride home until someone brought out a pack of those ginger chews. I could only do half of it, but it did work. These little tablets have some bite to them, but not quite as much as the chews. Maybe because the chews take a LONG time to chew up.
Apparently, marshmallow root is good for heartburn too (not the stuff in marshmallows, just the same name), but when I went to order, the marshmallow root products were much pricier than the licorice root tea. I may try some tea to see iff I like it.
I tend to crave things I shouldn't have, so that's another reason grocery delivery is better. I can talk myself out of impulse buys more easily if they're on my computer than if they're in front of my face! I hardly ever put together a quick grocery order. I like bring able to think things over first....or rethink things. Lots of things get put into the cart that don't end up in the final order!
Cherries sound SO good right now, but I know they would do me in. I'm sure they're at our farmers markets right now and I usually get so many that I practically make myself sick! I'm on melon, bananas and applesauce for fruit. I bought so many veggies though. I'm going to do a big roasting session in a few days. You can't roast everything ahead of time, but it works with some things like cauliflower and potatoes. I'm gonna try roasting parsnips too. Sweet potatoes are good for heartburn/AR, so I've got a bunch and I'm going to be roasting, mashing, and spiralizing them for dinners.
The day after I bought a big box of Twinings English Breakfast tea, the heartburn hit. Now that box is just sitting there, mocking me
Yeah, I'm generally pretty cautious about any "medicine" I put in my body, from herbal remedies to OTC drugs (prescriptions too, although I haven't had one of those in a very long time!). I drink a cup of that tea maybe once a day. Same with the ginger tea. Generally, I'm just drinking lots of water and eating milder foods. I'm focusing on less meat and more high fiber veggies. For instance, I had a lean turkey burger for lunch, so for dinner I just roasted a sweet potato and tossed it in with some sauteed mushrooms and steamed kale.
I've had little twinges of heartburn here and there, but I feel loads better than I did even a week ago. I'll be sticking to this for a while and then gently adding back a few things into my diet. This was just a good reminder to watch it with the caffeine, in particular.
I'm glad you're feeling better, Critical. I'm down to one large mug of coffee in the morning. I used to drink 2 large mugs in the a.m. I've been suffering from excessive belching the past 2 years. My doctor cannot find the cause other than thinking perhaps I swallow too much air, which causes the gas. My aunt suffers from the same condition. I've been taking Omeprazole over the counter and he recently doubled my dosage. Nothing seemed to help. I have always eaten meals way too quickly and I am more mindful of slowing down, as that is a possible cause of excessive gas as well. 3 weeks ago today I had emergency gallbladder surgery, and curiously enough, the belching is WAY better. I have no idea why. I still belch on occasion but nothing like it was. I have no idea if the two things are related. I do suffer from GERD, which is why I take the Omeprazole.