Avoiding Indigestion This Holiday Season

As the winter holiday season goes into full swing, now is the time of year to enjoy time with those we love around the table. Spending greater amounts of time indoors and enjoying good cooking, baking and warm drinks can sometimes lead to painful indigestion. Stress, eating on the go, overindulgence in spicy foods or alcohol are also contributors to heartburn and upset stomach issues. Perhaps some healthy tips may help you to make small adjustments to your diet or the way you consume your food, take in the holidays and enjoy a festive season, indigestion free!

What To Look For

SYMPTOMS OF INDIGESTION:

  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Gas
  • Stomach aches
  • Constipation
  • Belching

FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO INDIGESTION:

  • Overeating
  • Spicy foods
  • Smoking
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Eating to quickly
  • Ulcers

Healthy Tips

  • Find ways to slow down enough to enjoy the season.
  • Cultivate gratitude
  • Avoid eating on the run.
  • Take your time to enjoy and fully chew your food before swallowing.
  • Avoid foods high in grease, fat, sodium, strong seasonings and hot spices.
  • Do not smoke or allow others to smoke in your presence.
  • Use moderation when consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages.
  • Asprin, anti-inflammatory drugs and some antibiotics can contribute to higher levels of indigestion.
  • Look for ways to avoid or diffuse potentially high-stress environments or situations.
  • Include in-season fresh fruits and vegetables into your holiday meals.
  • Drink lots and lots of water.
  • Invest in digestive enzymes, daily vitamins and supplements to maintain overall health.
  • Green tea contains many antioxidants and contributes to healthy digestion. Drink lots of healthy green tea!
  • Find ways to stay active, doing things you enjoy.
  • Find reasons to celebrate and surround yourself with people you love and enjoy being with.
  • Contact your doctor if indigestion is accompanied by vomiting, severe abdominal pain, discomfort at times other than after a meal, and symptoms that persist for two weeks or longer.

Loretta Elias • consumers.uniting@outlook.com • 518-774-8837

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