Eating too much food at Holiday time can have some unpleasant side effects, ranging from simple discomfort to heartburn, indigestion and a bloated stuffed turkey feeling.
Although those delicious meals and delightful treats are everywhere, try to pace yourself, don’t woof everything down at once and alternate heavy foods with lighter nibbles! If there are foods you know really bother you try just a taste rather than eating a whole serving.
Make sure to hydrate to keep foods from clumping.
Taking a digestive enzyme with your meal or even again later will help process the food more efficiently such as Progestade (Enzymatic Therapy) or Megazyme (Enzymatic Therapy). If you already have difficulty digesting food take 2-3 tablets with the meal.
If you have acid reflux chew 1 or 2 DGL Tablets 15-20 minutes before meals, and later again if needed and don't forget to chew them before you go to bed. They help to stimulate your digestive tract to put a protective layer in the esophagus and stomach against acid production.
These supplements will not conflict with any medication.
If you do hit the food wall, your first instinct might be to go lie down and groan about how much you’ve eaten. However, lying down can increase your discomfort, as your stomach processing slows down when you are more sedentary.
Lying down will also contribute to acid reflux or heartburn symptoms because foods will tend to move upward toward the esophagus and put pressure on valve holding the food in to open. Instead, stay upright or go for a gentle walk (Avoid vigorous exercise when you feel ready to burst) this will help stimulate food movement along the digestive tract to prevent gas and bloating.
If you are prone to constipation, overeating will only make it worse.
Take a good probiotic (aids digestion) in the morning and before you go to bed (Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic) also take Magnesium 150-300mg before bed (helps soften stools)
I hope everyone has a safe, joyful, peaceful and healthy holiday.
Jane Jansen Naturopath