The button-popping, zip-busting season is fast approaching and a new Irish survey exposes the toll that Christmas gluttony will take on Irish male’s digestive health.
The survey commissioned by Maalox Plus, found that 88 per cent of men will overindulge in festive fare; the traditional calorie-cramming Christmas lunch of fat-loaded food; not to mention the booze, the mince pies, the nibbles or the endless boxes of biscuits and sweets.
With the average male consuming a whopping 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone, it’s hardly surprising the assault that it can take on their digestive systems. 41 per cent say they expect to suffer the discomfort and misery of heartburn & indigestion this Christmas, according to this nationwide survey, carried out by market research company iReach, for indigestion remedy brand - Maalox Plus.
However it’s primarily men over the age of 35 that suffer most from Christmas indigestion and heartburn. The survey found that almost one in two men over the age of 35 (48 per cent) say they have experienced heartburn or indigestion over the Christmas period.
General Practitioner, Dr Micheal O’Tighearnaigh who analysed the survey findings said, “Christmas is supposedly a time to be merry, but it can be hard to feel any goodwill if you are feeling bloated, have trapped wind, indigestion or heartburn. Many men look on Christmas as the time of year when they can, literally, throw caution to the wind and go on a wild eating and drinking binge.
Dr O’Tighearnaigh offers some advice on what can be done to prevent misery of heartburn or indigestion this Christmas:
1. Chew your food thoroughly and eat slowly. This is the first stage of the body’s digestive process.
2. Try not to eat and talk at the same time. You can swallow air which may add to bloating and trapped wind.
3. Try to avoid drinking too much alcohol as alcohol can trigger heartburn if taken in excess
4. Do not slump in front of the TV immediately after eating a heavy Christmas meal as this will increase heartburn symptoms. Taking a gentle walk after eating will reduce the risk of heartburn and will aid digestion.
The survey was carried out by iReach Consumer Research Panel in November 2012 and delivered 1,000 completed and unique survey responses from adults of all ages creating a robust nationally representative sample of the Irish population.