Expert advice: how to avoid digestive discomfort during the Holidays?
Large meals, excessive drinking, short night’s sleep…No wonder your body and digestive system get a beating during the Holiday season! Here are some natural remedies to help you enjoy this time of the year without any inconvenience (bloating, upset stomach, acid reflux, etc.)
Get your excretory organs ready
Excretory organs are the organs that naturally eliminate toxins from the body (liver, kidneys, bowel, etc.) The weeks before Christmas are the ideal period to give your organs a break and let them prepare for the sustained effort to come. Think of it as a mini-Lent period, which will later reduce the risk of bloating, dizziness, fatigue, gas, etc. Aim to:
- Reduce alcohol, deep-fried food, fat and sugar intake.
- Eat more turmeric: it increases the production of acetaldehyde dehydrogenase, the liver enzyme responsible for the removal of acetaldehyde, the major breakdown product of alcohol.
- Eat more celery, celeriac, pear, apple and parsley: they help the kidneys in eliminating toxins (made water soluble by the liver) and oxalic and uric acids (coming from the increased alcohol, sugar and meat intake).
- Eat more artichoke, beetroot, lemon, endive and rosemary: they promote healthy liver function.
Strengthen your body with natural products
- Renalaide from Herbasanté: a tonic made with bitter herbs that promote healthy liver and bowel function.
- Gallexier from Flora: a plant-based tonic that promotes healthy liver function.
-DGL deglycyrrhizinated licorice root from Natural Factors: taking two tablets between meals during the holiday season can reduce the risk of heartburn, nausea, vomiting, etc.
Drink a lot of water
Staying hydrated significantly reduces the risk of hangovers and headaches. Dehydration can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption and lack of rest. Drinking a glass of water between each alcohol intake helps to limit the amount of alcohol consumed. Try putting down your fork and not eating anything while drinking this glass of water. This habit helps to eat slower and limit overeating.
People who use drugs, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and young children should seek the advice of a health professional before taking any natural health products.