Tips to Avoid Holiday Heartburn

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The holidays are full of wonderful memories and togetherness with friends and family. However, sometimes the delicious meals can leave us lingering with unfond memories of their own. Heartburn and indigestion are very common after huge meals and meals that are higher in fat and calories. Try these tips so you can enjoy your Christmas dinner without the burn afterwards.

Don’t Overdo It: The most common heartburn trigger is overeating. It can be tempting to do when there is an abundance of delicious food choices in front of you. Overeating can push stomach acid up, making heartburn guaranteed. Stick with a light plate and if you are still hungry, have seconds 15-30 minutes later. This will help your stomach to digest foods in smaller increments. If you plan on eating a bigger meal for the holidays, it may be wise to stay away from sugary drinks or alcohol, since both can make heartburn worse.

Ginger: A small amount of ginger can help aid digestion and keep heartburn at bay. Try sipping on ginger tea before or after your holiday meal. You can also make a specialty dish that includes ginger in it.

Peppermint: Another great tea to have after a big dinner is peppermint tea. Peppermint helps soothe the stomach and any digestive issues. You can also chew a piece of peppermint gum, which also helps produce more saliva, which also aids in better digestion.

Avoid These Foods: While most holiday favorites can cause heartburn when eaten in excess, you can sample some of your favorites without worry. However, you should steer clear of the following foods, which guarantee a little indigestion:

  • Chocolate
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Caffeine (coffee and sodas)
  • Alcohol
  • High fat dairy products

Instead, try eating a salad with a light dressing before your meal, cranberries and whole grain rolls or corn bread. These four foods have a lower chance of upsetting your stomach.

End Your Meal Better: The National Heartburn Alliance suggests sticking to mineral water to keep heartburn away. As far as dessert goes, apple pie is better for your digestion over other richer foods. If you are a smoker, an after dinner smoke will ensure you pain. Instead, try taking a nice walk outside after your meal to help digestion.

Remember to enjoy the tasty treats this meal without going overboard. You may only get these indulgences once a year, but what fun is it to feel indigestion afterwards?


Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.

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