For some, the holidays are synonymous with digestive problems. Here is some advice to treat yourself without paying the price!
Help, it's the holidays!
While you delight in the pleasures of the palate during the end of the year festivities, your digestive tract may be getting the short end of the stick. Meat pie, cold cuts, cheese, spicy salsa, and the steady flow of alcoholic beverages can be a real challenge for your stomach and intestines.
During the holidays, digestive problems are some of the most common reasons for consulting a pharmacist. Some of the most common symptoms that serve as a reminder of yesterday’s dietary excesses are stomach upset, abdominal cramps, acid reflux, nausea, bloating, and diarrhea.
Your pharmacist to the rescue
Don’t hesitate to speak to your pharmacist if you suffer from digestive issues during the holidays. Most of these symptoms, when minor and transient, can be treated with over-the-counter medication. During the holidays, the opening hours for Jean Coutu affiliated network pharmacies remain largely the same as usual. Click here to see the opening hours for the Jean Coutu pharmacy nearest you.
It is also possible to consult your pharmacist ahead of time. Purchasing certain products before the holidays can be a good strategy to avoid being caught unprepared. Your pharmacist can recommend, for instance:
- an antacid, to alleviate stomach upset and acid reflux
- an antinauseant, to relieve nausea and vomiting
- an antidiarrheal, to relieve diarrhea
- an antiflatulent, to reduce gas and bloating
- a gentle laxative, for constipation
- an analgesic, for headaches
Regardless of your needs, your pharmacist will help you make the best choice.
Digestive issues are most often transient and not very serious. However, you should see a doctor promptly if you experience persistent or worrisome symptoms. When in doubt, ask your pharmacist for advice or call Info-Santé.
How to spoil yourself without paying the price!
Here is some advice on how to maintain your digestive health during the holidays.
- Drink plenty of water. Choose water over drinks that irritate the digestive system such as carbonated, alcoholic or very sweet drinks, citrine fruit juices, tomato juice, coffee, tea, etc.
- Pay attention to fullness cues your body is sending you. When it tells you it's not hungry anymore, it's best to take a break!
- Eat slowly. Savour each bite.
- Serve yourself small portions at a time. Avoid filling your plate to the brim.
- Avoid lying down after having eaten.
- Make healthy food Eat foods that are very fatty, spicy or sweet with moderation.
- Instead, fill your plate with healthy foods: salad, raw vegetables, smoked salmon, etc.
- Refrain from smoking. Smoking predisposes you to certain digestive issues, such as stomach aches and acid reflux.
- Extreme fatigue and stress can also promote the onset of health issues!
Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about maintaining digestive health.