How to avoid that sick feeling after Thanksgiving dinner

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Updated: 11/27/2013 6:37 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - It's almost impossible to look at a Thanksgiving spread without saying "Oh Yea," but if your not careful, your stomach will be shouting "Oh no."

WDEF recently caught up with colorectal surgeon Dr. Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero with University Surgical Associates and the Pelvic Floor Center at Parkridge Medical Center. She said that while many of celebrate this time of year with good food and company, the subject of good health should enter the conversation.

Stuffed turkey is traditional on Thanksgiving but the doctor said improper preparation can lead to an unexpected trip to the doctors office.

"If you're doing stuffing; the stuffing goes on the inside of the bird and that means that the temperature of the stuffing has to reach 165 degrees for it to be thoroughly cooked and to decrease your risk of Salmonella," Lorenzo-Rivero said.

But it's not just infection we all  have to worry about. Health experts say the typical thanksgiving meal has 700 calories but only 8-grams of fiber. The human body needs at least 30 grams of fiber per day to keep the digestive system in track.

"If you don't have enough fiber and also if you're dehydrated or drinking a lot of alcohol or caffeinated products and not a lot of water with them, you're bowel movement will be very hard and then you end up with problems that most people would like to avoid," said the doctor.

And those problems include:

Diarrhea

Constipation

Hemorrhoids

Fissures

Diverticulosis

A Thanksgiving dinner high in fat can also send some people with gallbladder issues to the emergency room.

"If you have a fatty meal, you're going to find out and you're going to have pain usually in the right upper quadrant. So abdominal pain is the number one call for surgeons over the holidays. Cholecystitis or gallstones and inflammation," the doctor said before mentioning the those issues can lead to the removal of the gallbladder.

So in review, you're holiday dinner should be thoroughly cooked, have more fiber and less fat. These precautions can prevent an unnecessary trip to the doctors office or much worst; the emergency room.



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