It’s Christmas, the food and drinks are flowing and then what happens? We get heart burn, acid indigestion, excess gas, belching, gurgling and passing wind!
Not too attractive at the best of times, especially with all the family staying over for the festive period! This could all lead to a bloated belly, especially during this time of year where we seem to be having too much of a good thing from chocolate, cheese, peanuts, mince pies and plenty of alcohol. The list could go on and on…
Firstly, the easiest thing I can suggest is that you might want to slow things down while you’re eating, Try not to eat too quickly as too much air can be swallowed, leading to abdominal distension (bloating). Eating in a slow and relaxed way and making sure you are sat down and away from your desk, TV or any other type of screen is better to keep a happy tummy!
Eating too fast or eating in front of a screen can send the wrong messages to your brain, so instead of producing digestive juices, enzymes or bile and stimulating contractions in our digestive tract – all of which help the digestive process along – your body is actually producing stress hormones and increasing brain activity to process the information coming from your surroundings.
The digestive process begins with our eyes, when we see food, our digestive system is then stimulated, producing what is needed for the initial breakdown of our food. Therefore, mindful and relaxed eating will help with digestive function as you are concentrating on the food itself.
What natural foods could help you?
Some fruits and vegetables are excellent natural sources containing digestive enzymes which can really help you if you are suffering. These foods include kiwi, papaya, pineapple, bananas, avocado, mangoes and pineapple.
Apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kefir, yoghurt and honey can help, too, as they’re also rich in digestive enzymes.
Sometimes, as we all know, it can be hard to keep up your good habits, meaning your digestive enzymes can be challenged or compromised. Supplementation with digestive enzymes may therefore give you an extra boost if you need it.
Taking digestive enzymes supports efficient digestion and helps the enzymes do their job. Digestive supplements like enzymes, when taken together with probiotics, facilitate the digestion and absorption of nutrients and keeping your digestion happy is key to feeling happy and energetic.
Deficiencies in digestive enzymes are believed to be one of the contributing factors for those who suffer from functional dyspepsia (a term used to describe a group of symptoms affecting the gastrointestinal tract, including stomach pain or discomfort, nausea, bloating and belching).
Some studies have suggested that supplementation with enzymes is beneficial for reducing symptoms of flatulence, bloating, belching and fullness.
So, if you need these temporary measures to get you through this festive season, see what works for you, but get your health back on track by eating whole foods and superfoods in the new year and you will feel fabulous once again!