Digestion & Weight Control over the Holiday Season
Posted by : Erika McCarthy /
Soon sweet, sugary, and savory dishes will not only occupy a significant portion of our imaginations but our stomachs too. Even though the holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration and relaxation where we indulge in our guilty pleasures it often turns into the season of over-indulgence, weight-gain, and malaise for our digestion. So, can we enjoy ourselves during the holiday season and not wreak havoc on our digestion systems and waistlines?
Yes! This is not going to be a blog telling you to give up all your favorite foods. We all know even the most careful eater or dedicated dieter can be lulled by the rich and savory dishes of the season. For those times when you give in, we will show you how to indulge and yet be gentle on your digestive system. Read ahead for our top tips to beat the holiday bloat.
Be mindful. Many cases of digestive upset like gas, bloating, and heartburn are the result of over-indulgence, so moderation is a great tool to use. Moderation is pretty easy when you:
Take digestion enhancing supplements.
Reduce stress and your waistline. Stress has a direct impact on every aspect of digestion. During times of stress blood flow to the stomach is reduced which can cause inflammation, a reduction of digestive enzymes, and imbalances of gut bacteria. Also, stress increases the hormone cortisol which increases cravings, slows down metabolism and causes water retention. Managing holiday stresses can be challenging, but simple things like a quick 15-minute walk, yoga, even deep breathing exercises can work wonders. Essential oils like lavender6, chamomile7, and bergamot8 are easy to travel with and great stress reducers. Herbal supplements containing lemon balm9, ashwagandha10, kava11, or holy basil12 are also effective stress busters.
We hope our healthy digestion tips can give you and your tummy the gift of good health this holiday season.