Having A Happy Tummy During The Holidays|
As we move into the holiday season, with extra candy intake starting today with Halloween, we can find ourselves having problems with our digestion. We eat more, with higher concentrations of sugar, alcohol and fat. We give our digestive systems more to process with more complex combinations. Turkey, cranberry sauce and mayo sandwiches being an example.We may not only gain weight with the extra calorie load, but also put a strain on the stomach, liver and gallbladder in processing our richer diet.
We want to give the stomach a chance to digest the food so it can then go into the intestines to be absorbed. If we don't this can lead to heartburn, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea. There are simple easy ways to give our "tummy" a break.
What can we do to ease the strain and deal with the problems that do crop up? Portion control may not be possible, but pacing can be. By eating more slowly our bodies have the chance to tell us they are full. Sometimes eating too quickly can overfill the stomach. Also, eating more healthy fats will also send the "full" signal sooner. An attempt at a "low-fat feast" can actually backfire, causing the gallbladder to function poorly.
If we pace our drinking, by drinking less or not at all with our meals, we can reduce or prevent heartburn. Starting and ending our liquid intake a half hour from our mealtime can give us more healthy balances of acid and digestive enzymes to break our food down. Using probiotics can help as well.
When we drink too much alcohol with meals, it can interfere with the function of the muscles holding food down in the stomach and give us heartburn. So pacing our alcohol intake helps us keep our stomach working well.
Lastly, if and when we have a problem with our digestion that won't go away we can use Bowenwork and simple nutritional supplements to restore our proper digestive function. Happy Holidays!
© Kevin Minney 2012
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