6 Ways to Stop Holiday Indigestion

HealthAfter50 | Nov 23, 2016 Nov 29, 2016

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Symptoms of overindulging

Bountiful meals are an important part of holiday celebrations, but many people overindulge, leading to indigestion. The medical term for it is dyspepsia, and symptoms include a feeling of fullness during a meal, uncomfortable fullness after a meal, and burning or pain in the upper abdomen.

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1. Control portions

The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to say “no” to the foods you love. Just say “a little.” Decide in advance what a healthy portion of eggnog or fruitcake should be. Then stick to just that. Here are more hints to keep indigestion at bay.

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2. Chew thoroughly

With friends and family around, it’s easy to eat without actually paying attention to the food. That’s a recipe for overeating. Thoroughly chewed foods are easier to digest. When you’re pleasantly full but not stuffed, push your plate away.

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3. Drink water with your meal

Fluids help food move through the digestive system. And drinking water regularly can help cut down on the fat and calories you consume.

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4. Don't skip meals

Going without can make you so hungry that you binge on something later. Instead, eat something light at mealtime that will carry you through to the next meal.

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5. Avoid tight-fitting clothing

Garments that are tight around the waistline prohibit proper digestion by compressing the stomach, causing its contents to flow into the esophagus.

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6. Go for a walk after eating

A light walk after a heavy meal can improve blood circulation and aid in digestion.