4 Tips to Relish Holiday Foods without Indigestion

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Here is a “CliffNotes” guide to relishing the holidays sans digestive upsets, stomach pangs, and health setbacks.

Continue Exercising

With the holidays come delectable dishes that the health-conscious eater may not normally consume. These foods usually contain adulterated oils and fats, refined and processed sugar, and abundant salt, all of which can hamper proper digestion and fuel bowel irregularities. So, exercise is vital! Physical activity helps facilitate overall gut health, including improving digestion and regularity, as well as sound mental health, quality sleep, and reduced inflammation and heart health.

Take Vitamin C and Zinc

Traditional holiday fare will not boost the immune system. Considering that the fall and winter months coincide with cold and flu season, and that this year the COVID-19 pandemic poses an additional and especially nefarious health threat, no one can afford to neglect immune health. Taking vitamin C and zinc can fortify the body’s defenses.

Keep HCL and Bromelain and Other Digestive Enzymes Handy

Hearty, cooked meals do not contain the necessary enzymes to promote optimal digestion and nutrient assimilation as heat can destroy these delicate proteins. Moreover, holiday fare usually includes various rich, fatty foods that are not regularly consumed. How does the body respond to particularly heavy meals that deviate from normal eating patterns? Certainly, acid reflex, heartburn, bloating, flatulence, constipation, stomach aches, and other discomforts may ensue. Additionally, insufficient hydrochloric acid (HCL), which tends to decrease with age, can increase gastrointestinal problems. Therefore, taking HCL and digestive enzymes with a meal can help to prevent various digestive complications.

Consider Fasting

After enjoying treats, consider fasting, which provides an excellent way to rebalance the gut microbiome following a feast. Eating high-fiber meals, including mostly vegetables and low-sugar fruits, for 1-2 days following a holiday indulgence and then fasting on water and herbal teas for another 1-5 days can reboot the digestive system and facilitate weight loss as the body depletes its stored glucose and begins to burn fat as fuel.

Following these simple guidelines can help to make the holidays that much more enjoyable.

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