Prepare Your Digestion Before Big Holidays
Anticipating a long weekend of delicious indulgences? Avoid digestive emergencies with these 4 tips.
Eliminate Potential Causes
Before we discuss what to add to your health regimens, we’d like to talk about some things you could subtract. Stomach upset can be caused by several foods, like processed sugars, preservatives and gluten, so you may want to consider the elimination diet. This is a short term (three week) change in your lifestyle where you remove certain ingredients from your meals and slowly reintroduce them back to determine if you have a sensitivity or allergy. In many cases, this may quickly solve your problem, but at the very least, it can rule out a specific cause.
Another common issue that aggravates the stomach is stress. We’ve all heard the term “nervous stomach,” so it’s no surprise that anxiety can have a serious impact on the gastrointestinal tract – especially during the holidays. We know saying “remove all stress from your life” isn’t possible, but there are a variety of ways to reduce and maintain stress like meditation and mind-body exercises, just to name a few.
Several studies have shown that mind-body therapies may help reduce stress and anxiety and have been shown to enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being. Some common mind-body practices include yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, mindful meditation, and deep breathing.
Another potential issue is an imbalance of digestive flora–the wide array of bacteria that play such a crucial role in digestion and overall health. A diet rich in probiotics (beneficial bacteria) and prebiotics (specific ingredients that nourish beneficial bacteria) can greatly relieve bowel issues. Recent research has also found a link between healthy levels of beneficial bacteria and stress reduction.
When searching for probiotics, determine what aspect of digestive health you would like to support and what strain would best suit your needs. If you haven’t tried probiotics before, consider buying a broad-spectrum bacteria like Lactobacillus from a brand you trust.
The Importance of Enzymes
Enzymes are simply proteins with unique functions, such as breaking down of sugars and peptides. Supplementing with natural digestive enzymes such as amylase, protease, lipase and others can help your body break down the foods you eat and help you absorb the nutrients you need daily. As most of you may already know, your stomach is full of acid to help break down the food you eat. Therefore, you may also need to make sure you have enough acid taken with your enzymes, commonly sold as food grade hydrochloric acid (HCl).
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Eat More Fiber
Increased fiber consumption will often be the one simple change that helps most stomach discomfort. This may seem counterintuitive since fiber is commonly thought to speed digestion along. However, fiber acts as a modulator for digestion and can improve any stomach irregularity. If you are not used to fiber in your diet, take things slow and work your way up, as a sudden increase in fiber can cause bloating or gas.
There are a number of herbs and botanicals that promote digestive health. Starting with the most popular ginger, cardamom and pomegranate, you can incorporate these ingredients into your diet to improve occasional digestive discomfort. You can also consider comprehensive integrative blends with diverse benefits and mechanisms all in one capsule!
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While we can’t control everything during celebration, the good news is that natural solutions can address multiple aspects of digestion, as well as overall health.
With a bit of mindfulness, your “tummy issues” can be alleviated using simple solutions which offer long lasting assistance and support core vitality and wellness in the process.
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