5 Ways to Curb Indigestion

Indigestion is a common problem that affects many people. It stems from a range of digestive issues, caused by eating or drinking. Although indigestion is common, each person may experience different symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating and belching.

Common causes of indigestion include eating too fast and consuming too much; things we are all often guilty of when it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving. The stomach has a natural stopping point when eating, however, our brain sometimes ignores what our stomach is telling us and overrides what it needs.

Your digestive system has to do a lot of work on a daily basis, but Thanksgiving is even more taxing due to the large amounts of food being consumed. We have some ideas on how to protect and prepare your digestive system to best avoid apres-meal discomfort.


Drink Apple Cider Vinegar first thing when you wake up on Thanksgiving morning will be helpful in setting up your digestive system for the rest of the day. A shot in water is all you need.
Probiotics are important for maintaining balance in your gut microbiome. When your gut microbiome is full of good bacteria, it can support optimal digestion. Especially bloating.
Chew your food thoroughly— this rote action is critical in keeping the digestive system running smoothly. Digestion begins in the mouth with an enzyme called salivary amylase, so if you aren’t chewing your food properly, that initial step of digestion gets hindered.
Add Ginger. Research shows that ginger can increase gastric emptying, which is the ability for the body to empty food from the stomach. This is awesome for a large meal like you have on Thanksgiving! Ginger has also been shown to be helpful for acid reflux symptoms.
Pack a hail mary post-meal supplement One that combines herbs like Ginger to break up gas, Chamomile and DGL Licorice to promote digestive comfort, Marshmallow Root to help protect the lining of the stomach, and Artichoke Leaf to promote the digestive process.


Other tips include: 

Relax As a rule, you shouldn’t beat yourself up over one day overdoing it. The first step to feeling less pain and discomfort physically is to feel good mentally. 

Drink water But be cautious not to over do it, or drink too much too fast. Your stomach filled with water, won’t help you out with feeling too full. 

Stay Awake Staying awake for at least two hours after you eat to give your body time to digest.

Move Take a walk. It will help with GI motility and with reducing high blood glucose levels and besides, the fresh air can also increase mood and energy levels.

Reset There’s no need to try to overcompensate by fasting or only eating salad greens. Getting back to your regular eating routine is the best thing you can do.