Stomach and intestinal complaints after festive meal

New Year is in sight. For most of us, this is a period of extensive festive meals and receptions. Your digestive system looks askance at those delicious, usually lavish meals with accompanying appetizers, drinks and pralines. During the New Year period, the stomach and intestines have to work overtime to digest all those goodies. It is not surprising that both the stomach and intestines can be seriously disrupted. The stomach and intestines are adapted to a balanced diet at fixed times. Your digestive system has several ways to make it clear to you that it is all getting a bit too much: stomach pain , diarrhea , acid reflux , flatulence ,… alarm signals that are annoying.

Tips for heartburn or acid reflux

Eat moderately and regularly, also during the New Year period, and avoid heartburn with the following tips:

Know what you eat:

  • try to eat less fat (avoid chocolate).
  • avoid or limit acidic foods such as fruit juice, lemon, orange, acidic soft drinks, red wine, preparations with vinegar.
  • limit the consumption of coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, drinks that are too cold or too hot, alcohol, strongly spicy dishes, peppermint, tomatoes, onions.
  • Milk initially has a soothing effect but stimulates the formation of gastric juice.
  • eat bread or rusks to temporarily relieve the pain.

Good habits:

  • do not smoke.
  • do not take copious meals.
  • replace the classic three times
  • times by five smaller ones.
  • eat slowly, eat calmly and chew well.
  • eat your last meal about three hours before bedtime.
  • raise the head of the bed (by placing blocks of about four inches under the legs of the bed).
  • do not lie down immediately after meals.
  • do not stoop, but crouch or kneel.
  • avoid strenuous exercise after a meal.

Belching that lasts longer than two weeks affects the wall of the esophagus. Such complaints must be addressed. There are medicines that bind the acid, form a protective layer in the esophagus or inhibit the production of stomach acid. Ask your pharmacist for advice.

Tips for intestinal complaints

  • If you have severe abdominal cramps, it is best to avoid high-fat meals, strong herbs, alcohol and coffee. It is better to eat five small meals spread throughout the day rather than two to three bulky meals.
  • Eat slowly and at regular times, do not skip meals.
  • Eating at the same time each time can promote the regulation of intestinal movements.
  • If you have flatulence, it is best to leave beans, onions, peas, cabbages and Brussels sprouts.
  • In case of severe diarrhea, you can consider restoring the intestinal flora with probiotics or eating yogurt.
  • Diarrhea is not a reason to fast. As soon as you are hungry, you should eat as normally as possible. Temporarily avoid consuming raw vegetables, fruit, alcohol and highly spicy foods until everything is fine again.
  • Diarrhea leads to reduced absorption of medicines from the intestine. Remember your birth control pill. In case of severe diarrhea, the effect of the pill is reduced and you are less protected against an unwanted pregnancy. Sometimes additional contraception such as the use of a condom is recommended.