Tummy-Taming Tips for Turkey Day

It’s easy to overeat on Thanksgiving day—especially when you’re a guest and you want to show your hosts how much you appreciate their delicious turkey, and stuffing, and mashed potatoes, and pie…and more pie. Next thing you know, you’re stuffed to the gills and suffering.

The problem is that eating a giant meal all but guarantees a bout of indigestion because all that food in your stomach requires enormous amounts of digestive acids. So keep the portion sizes small, and then you can sample a little bit of everything. If that doesn’t work, give thanks for a bounty of down-home helpers like these:

To prevent indigestion, this trick may help: Before the big feast, mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water and drink up. The acidity of vinegar aids the acids produced by the body to help digestion.

You can ease the discomfort of indigestion in a flash with a few sprigs of fresh parsley. If there’s no fresh parsley on hand, scoop ¼ teaspoon of the dried version, mix it into a glass of warm water, and drink up. Your tummy will feel better in no time.

Soothe your stomach quick with this concoction: Mix a teaspoon each of lemon and ginger juice and two teaspoons of honey with lukewarm water. Sip slowly until your stomach settles down.

Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!

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