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Eliminate Digestive Distress this Holiday Season

eliminate digestive distress this holiday season

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Happy holidays!

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Holiday Cooking Resources for Alternative Diets

Holiday cooking resources for alternative diets

Just because you or one of your guests may be suffering from the digestion pains of Crohn’s doesn’t mean your holiday meal has to be bland. There are plenty of festive, delicious dishes that you and your family can serve to complete your family’s feast! Here are some amazing holiday cooking resources for alternative diets that will keep all your guests happy, no matter if they’re gluten-free, meat-free, or fat-free.

Prepare

While many foods are trial and error with Crohn’s, it’s important to ask someone what foods to avoid and what foods are safe to be jazzed up for a holiday dinner. When you’re entertaining guests with special dietary needs, you should get this information during the planning stages of your party to ensure you’re preparing enough diet-friendly dishes. Researching the diet associated with the disease and finding cookbooks with suggestive recipes is one way to be informed to what your friend may be experiencing.

Plan

Including a few simple and organic appetizers, such as avocado or hummus deviled eggs, for the entire crowd is a good way to avoid bringing attention to your guest with the special diet. You can also ask your guest for suggestions and recipes that work for him or her and ask them to bring a dish of their own to share for the main course. Avoid preparing anything fried by choosing raw ingredient finger foods or oven-baked side dishes. If you’re doing a self-serve main course, make sure to include enough diet-friendly proteins and sides. On party day, it is a good idea to have festive place cards with the name of the dish on the front and the ingredients on the back or inside so your guest can take a look at the list without asking.

Party

When the day arrives, don’t draw attention to the possibility of a flare up. Serving a soup to the entire group, such as this creamy tomato soup, or making it an option available before, or during, the main course is one way to help create a fulfilling dinner menu and avoid triggering a reaction. All of your planning should pay off during the event. You and your guest should be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the company of one another without any stress or reactions!

Here’s another great resource.

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