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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian tradition states it is necessary to have at least nine dishes on the Christmas table! However, such richness of food can quickly lead to over-eating. What to do if you’ve eaten too much? Here are some recommendations by BENU Pharmacy pharmacist Vitaly Mitrokhin.

The Christmas table is usually very rich in Latvian families: roasts, pies, tart and other traditional dishes. And people always want to try everything. The Christmas table is not only rich with calories, but is also very time-consuming in terms of digesting food. With that, it would be best to either limit yourself or shorten your meals. Over-eating has multiple unpleasant side-effects: a feeling of heaviness in the stomach, burning and fatigue. All this, on the other hand, can result in serious health problems. Although the effects of over-eating fade in time, it is worth keeping in mind several pieces of advice on how to avoid over-eating entirely.

In order to avoid the feeling of over-eating, pharmacist Mitrokhin recommends limiting consumption of liquids when having meals. Drinking juice or other liquid during a meal only stimulates the stomach to produce more acid, which results in a feeling of discomfort. It would be best to drink something after having a meal. Even though it is usual to have long meals during Christmas, it would be best to move around a bit in order to avoid unpleasant side-effects later. Movement will help the body’s digestive system to work faster. It will also likely improve the mood, raise energy levels and burn loose calories. It is also a good idea to have some physical activity on the next day.

If you do experience symptoms of over-eating, non-prescription medicine can help greatly. Medications containing pancreatin can help with the heavy feeling in the stomach. Pancreatin helps break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates and assist digestive organs. If your stomach feels bloated, it is possibly because of salt. The best way to drive salts out of the body is by drinking water or green tea.

If your Christmas table has a lot of fried or spicy dishes and alcohol, it is likely that you will feel a burning sensation after eating. In this case, the pharmacist recommends using gastric acid-neutralizing medicine. Such medicine usually has an immediate effect. However, it is important to keep in mind that use of such medicine must be careful – they should not be used along with other types of medicine.

Chewing gum is also a strong stomach stimulant. It stimulates production of more gastric acids, which can lead to a burning sensation. If your stomach is empty, you may feel an entire fire burning inside you. It would be best to use breath-refreshing chewing gum at least five to ten minutes prior or after having meals. It is enough to drink some water, juice or green tea at all other times. Smoking and caffeine also stimulate gastric acid production in the stomach, reminds the pharmacist.

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  1. Linda says:

    thanks for the advice, after the 11th mince pie I need a very light lunch and dinner.

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