As we tend to indulge in the (amazing) festive foods at holiday dinners, as a result, we might feel sluggish, tired and bloated.
So here are few tips to help improve digestion for the holidays:
– Warm Lemon Water
This will awaken your digestive organs while stimulating the liver to detoxify and for enzymes to be released for optimal digestion. Consume before a meal.
– Apple Cider Vinegar (1 tsp)
Will help reduce heartburn associated with hypochloridia. Proper enzyme release will help reduce bloating and gas you typically get with indigestion.
– Peppermint Tea
Soothes the digestive track as well as improves irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms by reducing gas, bloating and pain.
– Fennel Seeds
Chewing on this common kitchen spice will help reduce bloating and gas. Its aids the liver in detoxification, protects the gut lining due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Fennel regulates the smooth intestine muscle as well as reduces the post-meal heaviness sensation. You can also use it to make a fennel tea: simply steep 1 tsp of fennel seeds in hot water for 20 mins before drinking.
– Stay Hydrated!
Did you know that the body loses 900 mL (equivalent to ~ 3.5 cups) of water per day
through digestion alone? Make sure to replenish it . Dehydrated body causes constipation which may lead to a slow and sluggish metabolism. Making a mental note might help increase your consumption: drink 2 cups of water upon waking up, 1 cup of water per every alcoholic beverage as alcohol dehydrates the body, etc. You can also set reminders on your phone to ‘stay hydrated!’
– Digestion Begins In The Mouth
Did you know that your carbohydrate digestion begins in the mouth? Taking the time to chew your food can reduce heartburn symptoms, heaviness sensation and bloating.
Do you have any digestive concerns? Book your complementary 15 minute consult and lets discuss how we can improve it! As a Naturopathic Doctor I truly believe that our health begins in the gut.
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