The holiday season can be full of delicious food and fun times with family. In fact, we all look forward to holiday treats and buffets that we don’t normally let ourselves indulge in! While this can be a super experience for some, for others it can really wreak havoc on the digestive system, causing things like heartburn, bloating, belching, diarrhea, gas, or nausea. Things can even be worse for those contending with digestive disorders like acid reflux, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Celiac disease, and more.
This year, be proactive and go into the holiday season prepared with some handy holiday tips and resources for handling the more than usual amount of temptations that come your way. With some will power, insightful knowledge, and the right kinds of digestive health products, you’ll be spending more time singing Christmas carols with the family instead of lying on the couch in digestive misery.
Here are some great tips you can utilize to eliminate digestive distress and enjoy your favorite holiday dishes and treats.
- Save the desserts for last
Surely there will be plenty of yummy desserts to choose from at holiday time, but do your best to save desserts for treats after meals rather than snack on them throughout the day. If you’re going to snack, reach for healthy snacks, like the vegetable tray, fruit, or nuts.
- Avoid soda and alcohol
Soda and alcohol have the ability to give your digestive system a rough time, so do your best to avoid such. Instead, drink plenty of filtered water to keep yourself hydrated and feeling full. This way you’ll reach for less food and optimize your overall health. Should you drink some alcohol, drink one glass of water for each alcoholic drink you consume.
- Think moderation
You probably already know that eating should be done in moderation, but perhaps you need a reminder. Spread out the festive meals, parties, and food throughout the whole holiday season. Give your digestive system a good rest now and then by eating light and flushing the body out with plenty of water.
- Supplement well
There are supplements you can take daily and just before meals that will help digestion go much smoother.
- Digestive enzymes. Such enzymes are a must just before you eat meals, as they help break down the food and absorb fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.
- Probiotics. Probiotics are wonderful for your digestive tract, as they are essentially the good kind of bacteria that your gut needs in order to operate at optimal level. Kefir, which is a cultured yogurt smoothie with probiotics included, is a great choice or you can take a probiotics supplement on a daily basis.
- Aloe Vera. Aloe is not just good for cuts and scratches anymore; now it is oftentimes used to heal digestive issues, as it is an anti-inflammatory that has healing effects on the digestive tract. Simply drink a small amount before or with every meal.
- Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). This herb helps coat your esophagus and stomach so that you will not experience that nasty heartburn. It also promotes healing for ulcers and chronic indigestion.
- Daily greens. Get your daily greens via a supplement to help with digestive issues and boost your immune system. After all, it’s difficult to eat greens each day, like spinach, kale, barley grass, kelp, etc. so you might as well get these and a host of other healthy nutrients in via a daily green powder or capsule.
There are certainly things you can do this holiday season to promote healthy digestion. Do your best to take this advice to heart and implement it into your holidays and thereafter as well. Your digestive health is important, so taking responsibility for its wellbeing is commendable.
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