How to soothe your post-Thanksgiving dinner stomachache
Six tips to ease that Turkey Day bloat
You know the scene. We’ve all been there. It’s 4pm on Thanksgiving Day, and you’re deep in the throes of a food coma, having just devoured more pumpkin pie than you thought humanly possible.
Sure, the experts recommend... well, not eating too much in the first place. But we’re taking a more realistic approach. We know you’re all going to overdo it at Thanksgiving, it’s the American way. From the sweet potatoes to the green bean casserole, it’s super easy to gorge yourself and be left feeling as stuffed at the turkey you just gobbled up.
So here are six tips you can use to make that post-Thanksgiving bloat ease off…
1) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Water is your friend here, and no, we’re not talking about downing a casual White Claw. You should hydrate throughout the meal, and ideally throughout the day, if you remember.
To sort out your bloated belly, slowly sip a glass of water after the Thanksgiving feast. What it does is helps to dilute the massive amount of food you’ve just eaten, and help everything… run smoothly, shall we say. The water also helps to process and flush out salt, as Thanksgiving food is usually pretty salt heavy.
2) Take a walk
Thanksgiving is a day when you can binge-watch old episodes of Friends guilt-free and generally become one with the sofa, so coaxing yourself out of the house might feel like a superhuman feat. But trust us, your gut will thank you if you can make it outside for a short walk, even just around the block. If you’re miraculously feeling more sprightly, the more physical activity the better. That’s essentially because the more you move, the faster the grub will move through your gastrointestinal tract.
3) ... Or failing that, just sit upright
If going for a post-Thanksgiving dinner walk feels as likely as you flying to the moon, then you should at least try to sit upright. This will help you avoid heartburn. Lying down right after a big meal means food is more likely to move up the esophagus. And I think we can all agree, no one wants that.
4) Try fennel seeds
If you’re really struggling with that uncomfortable feeling of being too full, chew on some fennel seeds. They supposedly relax the lower esophageal sphincter, so it’ll relax some of the pressure on your stomach.
5) Drink mint tea
Mint tea (and other peppermint-flavored things) is really good for relieving stomachaches and bloating. So maybe bypass your next glass of red wine, put the kettle on and brew up a nice hot cup of soothing tea.
6) Chew gum
Chewing gum is a great option if you’ve got acid reflux from all that Thanksgiving feasting. That’s because it makes you salivate, and your spit has bicarbonate in it which acts as a buffer for acid. Make sure that you don’t chew gum when you’re feeling bloated though, because it causes you to swallow air which can make the bloating worse.