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Something about spring just ignites my sweet tooth. After overeating during the holidays, I usually take a sugar hiatus until mid-March. Around this time every year, my appetite for cookies, cupcakes, and donuts is insatiable. I’ve never been particularly good at baking my own sweets, but I’m trying to learn, since excess sugar from certain store-bought baked goods can affect by stomach in weird ways. For one, I can get really bad heartburn. Sweets aren’t really a well-known cause of acid reflux, but in my case, they’re the #1 culprit. The reasoning I’ve been given is that they’re high fat, and high fat foods take longer to digest, which tends to bring on heartburn. If you’re in a similar boat, I’ve found that the best way to get rid of heartburn isn’t anything fancy and doesn’t require a prescription or trip to the gastroenterologist. It’s just basic Omeprazole.
From experience, I also know that during more intense heartburn episodes, it can be taxing to swallow a pill. Luckily for me–and I’m sure some of y’all, as well, Omeprazole is now available in a brand new Orally Disintegrating Tablet that makes curbing heartburn so much easier and so much less of a fuss. I hate drawing attention to myself, so I love there’s no water needed. The tablet literally melts in your mouth and is strawberry-flavored, so there’s no nasty aftertaste. Whenever my heartburn starts to kick in, I keep a treatment pack in my purse, and I take one pill every day for 14 days. I live for cookie decorating parties in the spring, and it’s made all baking engagements, coffee dates, and late night binge sessions much less uncomfortable– and much more enjoyable!
Like I said, I’m trying my hand at baking. I’ve never been particularly great in art class, and I think that translates pretty well when I make cookies. Turns out cookie decorating requires more than a cute monogrammed apron and some pastel-colored icing. Who knew? They make look a little iffy, but I promise they were delish!
Oh, and if you’re curious how store-branded Omeprazole compares to Prilosec and other national brands, it treats the same symptoms and works as well as Prilosec… for a fraction of the cost. Kyle has turned me into a shameless bargain hunter, so if you’re cost conscious like I am, it’s the absolute best way to treat heartburn. Pick up a bottle from any local retailer near you in April!
Do you suffer from heartburn? What’s your favorite remedy? I’d love to know in the comments!