People who watch their weight may already be cautious about the restaurants they visit. Releasing their Xtreme Eating Awards “winners” recently, The Center for Science in the Public Interest make their decisions much easier. Through this list, the organization makes you aware of the restaurants serving meals with the highest calories counts.

Indigestion When an Urgent Care Visit Is Needed After Eating Too Much

Five fast-food chains and establishments that were identified, have at least one location in Cupertino, and the meals had more than 2,000 calories each. For instance, a 16-ounce prime rib with sides of potatoes, blue cheese salad, and some buttery bread from Outback Steakhouse gives you 2,400 calories all in all. A complete Create Your Own Combination meal at Red Lobster can have as much as 2,710 calories (or even 3,600 calories if you have their signature cocktail afterward).

Unfortunately, it’s not only your weight and figure at stake when you eat that much (plus all the fat and oils, sugar, and salt they contain) in one sitting. You could end up with some dangerous health conditions like obesity and heart disease, particularly if you always go on these food binges. One of the most common immediate after-effects is indigestion.

How It Happens

Eating a large portion of food (especially fatty, greasy, or spicy food) and consuming a lot of alcoholic beverages are two of the most common triggers of indigestion outside of chronic digestive conditions. Eating too quickly and drinking too much caffeinated beverages can cause it as well.

You can experience heartburn, that feeling or burning discomfort in the stomach, chest, and throat. This happens when the stomach is filled to the brim with food, which prevents the lower end of the esophagus from closing completely and allows stomach acid to escape back into the throat. Generally, you can also feel bloated, burp or belch a lot, experience an upset stomach, and even have diarrhea or constipation.

When Urgent Care Is Advisable

Not every case of indigestion would need treatment in a doctor’s office, and sometimes, antacids and other at-home remedies (like simply resting) can resolve the condition in time. However, if the symptoms are severe, if you experience vomiting or diarrhea that can lead to dehydration, or if the stomach pain persists, walk in at an urgent care clinic, such as the Cupertino location of the U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, to get checked up right away. The physician can conduct diagnostic tests and prescribe other medications to treat indigestion.

 

Sources:

The 2,710 Calorie Meal: Where To Find It Around Cupertino, Patch, June 4, 2015

Heartburn and Indigestion: What’s the Difference?, Everyday Health

Indigestion, WebMD

Common Heartburn Triggers, WebMD

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