After Thanksgiving Dinner

On Thanksgiving Day, overindulgence is often part of the holiday ritual. Dr. Ira Mayer, director of gastroenterology at Maimonides Medical Center, Borough Park, shares advice to help aid digestion.

Stay awake for at least two or three hours after you finish eating – do not sleep or take a nap immediately following a big meal. Enjoy conversation with loved ones, play games, walk or simply read a book so your body can continue to digest. Lying horizontally before your body has digested food can cause acid reflux.