3 Digestion Tips to Keep You on Track This Holiday
December is a time filled with family, friends, music and delicious food. It’s that time of year when we often tend to indulge before the ‘new year and new you’ rolls around. However, with indulgence comes stomach pain, digestion problems and bloating. Luckily our guest expert, Dr. Melissa Chan, has three solutions to prepare your digestive system for smooth and proper functioning leading up to your New Year’s Resolutions.
Probiotics are live microorganisms similar to the ones already found in the gastrointestinal tract. They help to fight off infection, disease and strengthen immune function by producing key vitamins and nutrients in-vivo and by maintaining the integrity of gut mucosa. A mixture of both Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium work great to colonize our gastrointestinal tract.
These aids to digestion are found in the oral cavity, the stomach and the intestines. These enzymes break down and help the body to utilize complex molecules that we ingest in order for our bodies to efficiently absorb the nutrients. Enzymes such as bromelain, papain, pepsin, amylase, proteases and lipase can help the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and protein.
A blend of aromatic and carminative herbs are always the basis for a great digestive tea. Most herbs are best decocted in a hot temperature which add to its soothing nature. Herbs such as fennel, cardamom, peppermint, ginger, anise, and green tea relieve flatulence, indigestion and muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract.
Do you have any other great digestive tips to get our digestive tracts ready for our New Year’s Resolution’s? Please share!
Dr. Melissa Chan is a Naturopathic Doctor and Birth Doula based out of Toronto, Canada. She specializes in fertility, obstetrics and female health. She aims to address and treat the root cause of illness/disease and create healthy lifestyles all through research-driven integrative medicine.