The holidays are here, and for many that means overeating and eating for long stretches throughout the day, which can take a toll on your digestion. Here are some easy tips to help you avoid overeating and relieve heartburn while still enjoying the festivities.
Tips to Relieve Heartburn and Indigestion Naturally
- Use luncheon size plates instead of dinner plates. A smaller plate will help keep the serving portions reasonable.
- Don’t push seconds. Your guests will enjoy their dinner better if they don’t overeat.
- Plan your meal earlier in the afternoon so your guests don’t go to bed stuffed. Overeating makes it hard to sleep comfortably.
- Pre-slice the pies and cakes in modest portions for those that want to try more than one dessert.
- Set the table with blue dishes and accessories. The color blue is thought to lessen the appetite.
- Use grapefruit-scented candles in the dining room. The fragrance of grapefruit is also thought to reduce the appetite.
- Eat slowly, chew your food well and wait ten minutes before taking seconds. It takes the stomach about 20 minutes after eating to realize it is full.
- If your Thanksgiving dinner is in the evening, don’t fast through the day. It will encourage you to overeat at the one meal.
- Don’t drink any beverage while eating. Beverages dilute the stomach juices needed for proper digestion.
Relieving Heartburn and Indigestion
- Sip on a glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to aid digestion and to avoid indigestion.
- Take a walk with the family thirty minutes after eating to burn off some calories. Or play ball with the children outside. Exercise aids digestion.
- Eat some fresh pineapple or papaya to aid digestion and relieve the discomfort of overeating. Papaya tablets are available where health products are sold.
- Chew anise seeds to relieve a sour stomach.
- Chew on several fennel seeds after a large meal, which aids digestion.
- Chew on a sprig of fresh parsley to relieve indigestion.
- Drink 1/4 cup of aloe vera juice.
- Drink a glass of water at the onset of heartburn.
- Drink a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea to relieve indigestion.
- Avoid lying down for three hours after eating.
- Lay on your left side to relieve the discomfort of heartburn. This prevents stomach acids from reaching the esophagus.
Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Pearls of Garden Wisdom: Time-Saving Tips and Techniques from a Country Home, Pearls of Country Wisdom: Hints from a Small Town on Keeping Garden and Home, and Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. Tukua has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.