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.
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.