Brace yourself, it’s coming!
The season of overindulgence is almost upon us and I don’t know about you, but sometimes it can all feel a bit too much. The fridge is crammed full of food and drink and piled high with the promise of January regret!
We got to thinking – we want to enjoy ourselves so how can we best prepare our bodies for the impending onslaught of calorie-laden treats and their accompanying bloating? We need to ensure our digestive system is working at its best so we put together these handy top tips on caring for your gut this festive season:
Easier said than done when faced with the prospect of shopping, entertaining and organising! There is evidence, however, to show that stress can force the brain to send chemical messages to the gut that upset the balance of bacteria there. You may have experienced this if you’ve ever had a ‘nervous tummy’ before. Do your best to remain calm and take time out to unwind.
2. EAT FOODS RICH IN IRON AND ZINC
To encourage your digestive system to break down all those fatty festive foods try snacking on foods rich in iron and zinc, such as figs and dates. They will help correct stomach acid levels and so should help you avoid that uncomfortable indigestion.
3. ADD AN ARTICHOKE
We had no idea about the amazing properties of the humble artichoke until recently. Full of antioxidants and dietary fibre, artichokes are perfect for counteracting the ‘sprout effect’ (we think you know what we mean!). Artichokes contain a compound called Cynarin which can help speed up the production of bile and help combat bloating and flatulence.
4. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE INULIN
Not to be confused with insulin, Inulin is a naturally-occuring prebiotic found in plants. As with other prebiotics, Inulin feeds the microflora (good bacteria) in our gut and so enhances the function of your digestive system. Inulin can be found in chicory root, garlic, leeks, asparagus, onions and bananas (while they’re still green!).
5. POP IN SOME PROBIOTICS
Boost the population of good bacteria in your gut by adding in some more! Probiotic foods can help keep you regular and improve digestion. Kombucha is a great way of taking beneficial bacteria on board…it tastes delicious, too!
Its sophisticated, ‘grown up’ taste makes it a great alternative to alcohol for days when you want to take it easy. Having said that, if you do go overboard and regret it the morning after, the natural fizz in Love Kombucha can be great for hangovers! Click the link below to stock up.
Follow some of the above tips and you’ll be well on your way to nourishing your gut in time for the upcoming festivities. Even if you only manage your daily glass of kombucha, you’re doing ok!
Eat, drink and be merry!
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