It is no coincidence that the Thanksgiving holiday falls within the national GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) Awareness Week. After all, each year, people overindulge in decadent food that leaves many in a state of digestive distress. With a little planning and some portion control, you can spend this Thanksgiving with your loved ones, reducing your chances of digestive dolor.

4 Steps to Healthier Thanksgiving Digestion:

  1. Avoid High-fat Food

We all know it is tempting to go crazy with the mashed potatoes, carved turkey, and pumpkin pie on this special day that arrives just once a year. But before you pick up your fork and ready your palate for a meal of dietary debauchery, ask yourself if it is worth the tummy aches, heartburn, and bloating. The key? Avoid or limit high-fat food. While there is nothing wrong with indulging in the occasional slice of pie or green bean casserole, try to make healthier choices. For example, opt for white, lean turkey over darker meats. Enjoy sweet potatoes instead of mashed potatoes. And try to keep your pie intake limited to one slice.

  1. Limit the Sweets

For many, Thanksgiving is the kickoff to a season filled with joy, cheer, and – you guessed it – sweets. As we mentioned in a previous blog, sweets are often the precursor for acid reflux, heartburn, and other digestive issues. But by limiting the amount of sugar consumed, you are reducing the likelihood of these unpleasant occurrences.

  1. Snack Less

With so many delish treats around, not gorging on platefuls of snacks can prove challenging. However, by limiting the bulk of your eating to meals, you reduce your run-ins with high-fat and high-sugar snacks that can have you cramping and uncomfortable all day long. If you do need to nosh on something before or after the big meal, industry authorities suggest making those calories whole grain or fibrous fruits and veggies.

  1. Stay Vertical

thanksgiving digestionAlthough sprawling out on the sofa belly up in a post-Thanksgiving state of inertia may  seem like tradition, it is the worst thing to do when you have a stomach full of rich food that requires processing. With digestion comes a lot of acid production, which makes it especially important to stay upright for three hours after a meal. The reason is because lying down prematurely can result in heartburn, allowing the higher levels of acid being produced to escape through the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).

This year, work to implement these simple pointers. With less bloating, heartburn, and indigestion, you will give thanks for healthier digestion. And don’t retire these tips as soon as Thanksgiving ends. The holiday season presents lots of opportunities for indigestion, making it important for you to stay on your A-game.  Another word of advice? Probiotics. These beneficial bacteria are believed to be one of the best tools for maintaining healthy digestion. Fortunately, you’re in luck!

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