The holidays come around and we eat too much, maybe have too much wine, don’t sleep enough, and have added stress. Where does this really take a toll? On your digestion. How do you feel it? The bloating, cramping, moodiness, headaches, and irregular bowel movements. Here are some simple tips to help your digestion this holiday season and throughout the year.
- Do not overeat. We will know this, but it is hard to implement when you have all this good food in front of you. Here’s one thing to remember, the food will be there tomorrow too. When have you ever heard of a holiday meal not having leftovers. And, if you really want seconds, wait 20 minutes and you may realize you are not as hungry as you think.
- Chew your food. Try and count to 30 while chewing and this will help you slow down so that you do not overeat. Digestion starts in your mouth. When you don’t properly chew your food, the saliva in your mouth cannot help break down the food and allow you to properly digest it.
- Drink hot tea with or after your meals. I especially love a lemon ginger tea after my meals. It helps to easily digest your food. And, did you know drinking ice cold drinks with your food actually makes your body work harder to digest the food? The body has to work extra hard to heat back up to properly digest the food. Try drinking room temperature water instead. Click here for a great offer on Tulsi Lemon Ginger Tea.
- Say No to Antacids. Antacids just mask the problem (like most medications). Try using a natural digestive aide if your stomach is upset like DoTerra DigestZen. You can combine a drop of this with fractioned coconut oil and rub on your stomach for instant relief. You can also put a drop under your tongue to maintain overall digestive health. It can also help with motion sickness during all the holiday travel.
- Start your day with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Taking a shot of apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning or drinking our Lemon Elixir can really benefit you. Adding ACV to your diet can help with heartburn as well as boost your immune system, get your digestive enzymes going, and stabilize your blood sugar. On the pH scare, most of us are very acidic. ACV can actually help with your pH balance and help promote stomach acid. Did you know that reflux is actually the result of having too little stomach acid? Click here to a great offer on Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.