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How to Give the Slip to Holiday Digestion Woes

By Sandy Schroeder

The holidays are gaining momentum and many of us are are just trying to hang in there and keep our wallets and digestion intact.  If you can relate, there are some simple steps that will keep your digestive system happy. (You will have to figure out your wallet on your own.)

As we all know, holidays practically become mandatory contests to drink too much and eat all of the wrong foods. That 10 pounds that you just lost can disappear in the blink of an eye.

If your work area, home base, and party list are stuffed with goodies, try these tips to regain your equilibrium.

Focus on the Good Choices

Whenever you can, make smart choices.

  • Fill up with fiber-loaded snacks before the party
  • Carry healthy snacks to work to resist all of the donut boxes
  • Mix fresh whole produce with rich treats to aid digestion
  • Avoid inflammatory foods such as deli meats, and processed grains in pastries, cupcakes, or donuts
  • Go light on alcohol, caffeine and sodas that create acidity

Squeeze In a Little Peace

As the excitement builds, it is all too easy to run faster and demand more of yourself. Working, helping your family, and wrapping up holiday gifts may leave little time for exercise, meditation or just a moment or two of silence. Take breaks wherever and whenever you can to close your eyes and breathe deeply, do a few simple relaxing stretches or  take a warm bath.

Stay Hydrated

It is easy to become chronically dehydrated during the holidays. Carry a canister of water wherever you go, and consider icy glasses of sparkling water in place of vodka at parties. Your body will feel the difference if you are hydrated and food cravings may drop away.

Rely on Simple Natural Relief

In spite of all of your efforts, digestion may go awry, spoiling the party or haunting you the next day, but probiotics, fiber-rich foods and alkaline foods may help you balance out everything.

Probiotics work - They add healthy bacteria to the digestive tract that digests sugars for their own fuel. You can find them in foods like yogurt and sauerkraut. When you eat too many chocolates or cupcakes, the probiotics will come to your rescue.

Fiber counts too - The extra fiber in beans, peas or cabbage will help absorb sugar and stop blood sugar levels from spiking.

Alkaline foods help - Cucumbers, spinach, broccoli and avocados are great choices to balance the acid in rich foods or drinks.

More Herbs and Supplements

Your stomach will be happier with these helpers.

  • Black pepper improves digestion and metabolism and fights free radicals
  • Chamomile and mint tea soothe the stomach and aid digestion
  • Maitake mushrooms aid digestion and help control blood sugar
  • Ginger cookies or sodas soothe nausea and indigestion

If some of these aids work, stock up and keep them on hand; as you drop back, slow down and just enjoy the season.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Missouri City, Tex.

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