“Pass the turkey!”

“Gravy, please!”

“Mashed potatoes? Oh yes!”

“Green bean casserole, you had me at hello.”

These are all thoughts that one may have this week because Thanksgiving is Thursday!

When you celebrate and feast with friends and family, it’s easy to get carried away with an overabundance of food and alcohol. Eating too much and too fast can slow digestion and create uncomfortable gas – leading to major bloating.

In “5 Ways To Reduce Bloating Fast If You Ate Too Much At Thanksgiving Dinner,” Self Magazine gives some great tips in case you’re feeling stuffed. Here are our favorite three suggestions:

Take A Walk

You may want to sit or nap on the couch but fight the urge! When you start moving, food will pass more easily through your GI tract so that you will feel better.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Your meal was most likely packed with salt, which makes you retain fluid. When you consume enough water, it’ll actually displace the salt and help ease the bloat.

Rub Your Belly

If you don’t have the willpower to get moving, rub your belly! The circular motion will help stimulate your system to pass gas. It works the same way as one might burp a baby.

Now be careful and don't overeat too much. From all of us at Cary Gastroenterology Associates, happy Thanksgiving!