6 Ways to Stop Holiday Indigestion

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

6. Go for a walk after eating

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