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Digestive Comfort

As the holidays approach, more and more people come in complaining about digestive issues. For some, they allow themselves to eat foods that aren’t a part of their normal diet. With others, it’s simply a matter of over-indulging a bit. That may include a few too many adult beverages in their celebration, and paying the price the next morning. Obviously, the best way to prevent these issues is to eat a healthy diet, and always enjoy everything in moderation. But, who among us always does what’s best for us? Here are a few tips to help you out, should you spoil yourself a little.

Digestive Enzymes
Enzymes help our bodies break down the foods we consume. One of the best ways to get enzymes is to consume raw foods. The process of cooking breaks down most enzymes naturally found in foods. I truly admire any of the raw foodists out there. I’ve attempted to incorporate as many rawfoods into my diet as possible, but once the weather gets colder, I crave all those cooked comfort foods.

Enzymes can also be helpful for people with mild issues digesting dairy and gluten. If you have an allergy, you will still need to avoid these foods. For those of us who only have mild issues when consuming dairy or gluten, enzymes may help alleviate the discomfort. Be sure to follow the directions on the bottle, and it’s always best to check with your doctor before taking any new supplements.

Peppermint has long been used to soothe the digestive system. I like to serve peppermint tea after a large heavy feast. I find it to be very soothing and it helps settle my stomach. We also offer peppermint capsules and peppermint spirits. It’s really just a matter of personal preference.

Ginger is particularly helpful when dealing with nausea. Again, my favorite is to drink ginger tea, but we also offer capsules. Some people prefer to eat candied ginger, or even ginger candy. If you happen to get motion sickness, and your holiday plans will have you spending a fair amount of time in a car, ginger may also help reduce the nausea associated with motion sickness.

Nux Vomica
Nux Vomica is a homeopathic remedy used for overindulgence and the symptoms associated with it. It’s very popular for assisting in the recovery from consuming too much alcohol. One nice thing about homeopathics is that they are considered very safe, and have no known interactions with medications or herbs. Of course, if you are taking any prescription medications it’s always best to check with your doctor before trying any newremedies.

Super Digestaway Tumaide
Super Digestaway Tumaide is a product made by Solaray. It’s similar to the conventional calcium-based antacids, but also includes digestive enzymes and is made from all natural ingredients. I find it to be very effective when I end up with an overly acidic stomach.

Digestive Bitters
For digestive bitters to be effective, you have to taste them. When our tongues taste bitter, they increase salivation, which assists the body with the digestion of food. It also causes our body to release other digestive juices from the liver and pancreas. Many people believe that the increase in Americans’ digestive issues is partially related to our palates being less accustomed to bitter foods.

Papaya Supplements
When picked green, papaya contains the enzymes papain and chymonpapain. These enzymes are particularly helpful in digesting proteins. We offer several chewable papaya supplements for supporting digestion.

Hopefully you won’t need to use any of the remedies I’ve mentioned. But, chances are, many of you will benefit from this information. And, if you are hosting a celebration, I’m sure your guests will appreciate your excellent hosting skills if you have some of these remedies available for them.

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