8 Ways to Banish Holiday Digestive Troubles

Everyone loves the delicious holiday treats, feasts, and party-fare, but no one loves the indigestion, bloating, and heavy feeling afterward.  Here are 8 ways to improve your post-holiday meal digestion:

1. Don’t devour the food.  Take it slowly and chew your food well.  It may sound cliché but chewing mixes food with your digestive enzymes, helping to improve digestion.

2. If you’re stressed out, try to wait until you feel more relaxed to eat.

3. Try not to eat too late at night.  Late-night eating doesn’t allow enough time for food to digest and often causes heartburn and weight gain.

4. Don’t drink too much with meals as it dilutes your digestive enzymes and can result in indigestion and bloating.

5. Eat less food more often throughout the day, rather than eating a huge meal all in one sitting.

6. Supplement with a full-spectrum digestive enzyme product.  It should contain a wide range of enzymes since each one serves a unique purpose.  For example, lipase aids fat digestion, protease aids protein digestion, amylase assists with carbohydrate digestion, lactase assists with digestion of dairy sugars, cellulase and hemicellulase assist with breaking down plant fiber. If you feel bloated and heavy after a meal, pop a few enzyme capsules.  They often eliminate that heavy feeling.

7. First thing in the morning take a probiotic supplement.  Choose a formula that contains a range of intestinal flora such as lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidus.  By regulating intestinal flora, you will also regulate bowel movements and improve digestion.

8. Eat a small salad with apple cider vinegar prior to eating your holiday meals.  The enzymes in the greens help with digestion while the apple cider vinegar stimulates the body’s natural production of hydrochloric acid to aid protein digestion.  Avoid apple cider vinegar if you have a stomach ulcer.

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81 comments

Rita White
Rita White4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Ta.

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Thank you

Lika S.
Lika S4 years ago

The probiotics really work wonders.

I also try to eat in moderation, and sure, I eat more at holiday meals, but, it's usually split into 3 parts. Main course plate 1... Wait 30 minutes after finishing, main course plat 2. rest a bit, maybe 45-60 minutes, then dessert.

Julie F.
Julie F4 years ago

nice tips, thanks!

Michele G.
Past Member 4 years ago

Don't eat crap and don't eat too much. Which is what we all do at Christmas, isn't it? Not. Thanks :)

Jacquie J.
Jacquie J4 years ago

Dont gorge yourself is the best way

George Marshall
George Marshall4 years ago

I got one. Eat less and healthy! Oops, that would be too simple. So let's load up on medicine and herbs. These articles allow for the illusion that we can overeat and eat badly and still have no consequences. Wrong!