Concluding a Thanksgiving meal without feeling like you’ll have to roll away from the table is an anomaly of sorts. There’s no American meal more proud of the fact it leads to overeating than this one. It’s a habit very likely to continue, even if you want to stay healthy or avoid feeling like crap afterwards.
Aside from the dinner part of Thanksgiving, this holiday is also filled with tons of eating and drinking throughout the day. By the time you sit down to eat, you’re probably already well on your way to being full.
Here is what to drink when bloated after Thanksgiving, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. You can drink these after dinner (or even throughout your day) so your belly will feel grateful.
These herbal drinks — such amaros, fortified wines, and brandies — are super popular in Europe, allowing people to eat several meals and not feel like crap afterwards. These post-dinner drinks tend to contain herbs which have a bitter taste and target bloating, gas, inflammation and can even help manage acid reflux.
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“With holiday meals, we all typically walk away from the table having eaten too much and feeling this bloated effect. The carminative herbs in a lot of digestifs will help reduce some of bloating and calm the nervous system around the stomach and help reduce some of those yucky symptoms we have,” herbalist Heidi Lyndaker told Huffington Post.
Gin, vodka or tequila
If you’re planning to do some day drinking during Thanksgiving, your best options are gin, vodka or tequila. You’ll of course want to pace yourself if you want to make it through dinner, but these drinks have been through a distillation process over fermentation. They will irritate your gut less than other drinks, which irritate your stomach lining, causing more bloating, gas and an overall feeling of discomfort in your gut.
Sometimes you have to pull out the big guns and let go of the alcohol, which is where tea and infused waters come in. Green tea is known for boosting your metabolism and acting like a prebiotic, meaning it encourages the growth of good bacteria in your gut.
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Water with cucumber
Water infused with different fruits is pleasant and, in the case of cucumber, it can help you get some bloating relief with it’s high potassium content.