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Cycling & heartburn(5 posts)

Cycling & heartburnSBC
Aug 19, 2001 10:16 PM
Just wondering if there are any other cyclists out there who suffer with heartburn. What remedies do you use to take away the discomfort?

Rob
re: Cycling & heartburnHroidRider
Aug 19, 2001 10:28 PM
Just take some Maalox with you on your rides.
Sounds like acid reflux? Maybe see a MD. (nm)RhodyRider
Aug 20, 2001 7:16 AM
I haven't been bothered since ...Humma Hah
Aug 20, 2001 8:54 AM
... I stopped eating just before a ride. When I had a rushed breakfast or lunch and then immediately rode, I almost always had acid reflux. This was worse when I was drinking plain water.

Eating lighter meals and using a diluted sports drink both seem to help. I seemed to drink a lot of water, but had trouble absorbing it. Some electrolytes and a little sugar seem to help me absorb both the water and the food. And eating at least an hour before riding, preferably several hours, works best, especially if I wash the meal down with plenty of fluids.

Antiacids did NOT seem to help the problem.
If it's reflux...Rich Clark
Aug 20, 2001 9:12 AM
...it can be aggravated by the horizontal position of a road biker. You do want to avoid big meals before riding (avoid big meals completely would be even better). Foods to avoid: caffeine, cola beverages, citrus beverages and mints, alcoholic beverages, particularly at night, cheese, fried foods, eggs and chocolate.

If you do have reflux and it's chronic, see your doctor. There are medications (such as Prilosec) that can control reflux, and uncontrolled reflux can lead to nastier things. (I speak here from experience.)

Just chomping or chugging antacids is definitely not the answer to reflux, since it frequently occurs asymptomatically, causing damage without you knowing it's happening.

Not to try to scare you or anything... it could be as simple as finding a substitute for bananas, or avoiding carbonated beverages. But especially if you're older, or overweight, if you have chronic heartburn you should have it checked out.

RichC