Easing Holiday Digestion

Here are 10 tips for easing your holiday digestion and allowing you to ensure your enjoyment of all those holiday foods!

All our favorite, lavish foods for the holidays can cause even the healthiest eaters to be tempted to overindulge, creating digestive discomfort that distracts from holiday enjoyment.  Dr. David J. Foreman, Herbal Pharmacist, has written a helpful article on “Holiday Digestion.”  You can read the full article (1) and others by Dr. Foreman at www.VitaminShoppe.com .  Click on Articles and Recipes at the top, then on Advice from Experts, then Herbal Pharmacist; you will then see the archives on the right.

Below are some excerpts from “Holiday Digestion.”   Dr. Foreman writes a monthly newsletter for the Vitamin Shoppe chain of stores.  

1. Maintain a balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein and fat.

2.  Avoid drugs that may exacerbate your condition like aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

3.  Avoiding alcohol and caffeine at the holidays may be difficult for many, but this will be helpful to your digestion.

4. Do your best to decrease stress. This will have a huge impact on your digestive health.

5. Use a combination digestive enzyme, the best being ones that contain protease to digest proteins, amylase to digest starches, lipase to digests fats, and even lactase for lactose. Dr. Foreman’s suggestions are: Multi Enzyme by Vitamin Shoppe, Digest Gold by Enzymedica, Advanced Digestive Formula by Vitamin Shoppe, and Digest More by Renew Life.  Take supplement right before your meal.  If you are still bloated in an hour, repeat the dose.

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6. An even more natural approach is to support the body’s natural digestive function with bitter herbs.  Dr. Foreman recommends: artichoke, dandelion or other bitter herbs. Some combination formulas for bitter herbs are: Gallaxier by Flora and Bitters with Ginger by Nature’s Answer.

7.  Peppermint can provide immediate relief from gas, cramping and indigestion.

8. A cup of Ginger tea, or capsule form, is great for quickly relieving digestive discomfort by decreasing inflammation, assisting with nausea, relieving gas and supporting digestion.

9. DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) is also great for immediate relief. It has been altered to remove the component glycyrrhizin which can increase blood pressure and fluid retention.

10. Avoid anything you know contributes to your indigestion or heartburn issues.

If you missed this related post, click here for 9 good, helpful tips to “Avoid Holiday Season Overeating.”

1.  Click here for the full article,  Holiday Digestion by Dr. David Foreman, Herbal Pharmacist

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