Optimizing Digestion During the Holidays

The holidays are approaching which usually means many dinners full of rich and delicious food. 

In addition, many people feel an increase in stress during the holidays, which can also increase digestive concerns. 

Digestive concerns include bloating, gas, acid reflux, indigestion, and other gastrointestinal concerns during this time. Luckily there are many things that can be done to prevent digestive distress while you are busy celebrating the holidays. 

  1. If you are at home, take 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar by itself or mixed in with a small amount of water before each meal. The apple cider vinegar can help digestion by stimulating the body’s own digestive juices to be released. 
  2. If you are going to a party or a restaurant, it might be easier to bring digestive enzyme capsules. Take 1-2 capsules before meals to help the body break down the food. 
  3. During the meal, take small bites and chew the food thoroughly. Practice mindful eating, which means focusing on your food and your experience eating the food. This will help with overall digestion, help with enjoying your food, and prevent overeating.
  4. After the meal, consider drinking some tea that can help with digestion. Teas that are excellent for digestion include peppermint, fennel, dandelion, ginger, licorice, and lemon balm.
  5. No matter how much food coma you suffer from after a big meal, try not to lay down since this can lead to reflux and indigestion. 
  6. Make sure to drink a lot of water (at least half your body weight in ounces of water a day) to prevent constipation and to keep yourself hydrated since the weather tends to be drier during the wintertime. 
  7. If you do suffer from constipation, take 1 tablespoon of fiber (chia seeds, flax seeds, or psyllium husk) 2 times a day in water. This will help move the bowels along. 

These are only a few simple suggestions on how to prevent and support your body if you experience any digestive concerns. Please speak with your naturopathic doctor to create a more indepth and individualized treatment plan.

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