The compulsion to overeat is most prevalent during special occasions; when there is a feast laid out in front of you, it is so easy to fall into the trap. It is for this reason that one of the more common maladies that we experience during the holidays involves our stomachs. WebMD shares a few of these conditions – and what you can do to overcome them.
Heartburn. When everything on the buffet or the dinner table smells and tastes so good, there is a tendency to consume more than what ought to have been your normal meal portions. This is especially true when you are eating at someone else’s table – especially if that table was at Grandma’s.
Unfortunately, this leads to indigestion, or acid reflux, or heartburn. Symptoms include nausea, belching, and a sour taste in one’s mouth. Heartburn can be addressed by taking an antacid, such as Pepto-Bismol, Maalox, or Tums. If you already know that you are prone to suffering from heartburn after a hefty meal, then you can also choose to take a stomach-acid blocker such as Pepcid Complete or Tagamet HB200, half an hour before indulging.
Another tip is to resist the temptation to take a nap immediately after a big meal.
Food poisoning. The holidays are all about togetherness and community, and it is not uncommon to get invited to school parties and church potluck dinners. Unfortunately, we do not have control over how the foods contributed by others are prepared, and one can contract food poisoning or stomach flu from such gatherings.
Symptoms include abdominal cramping, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. When this happens, you are at risk for dehydration, so ensure that you drink lots of water or non-caffeinated sports drinks such as Gatorade. The symptoms can also be managed with Pepto-Bismol and Imodium, but if symptoms do not subside after three days, you need to get in touch with your physician.