Beat the Holiday Bloat with Chia Seed!
The holiday season can be such fun – parties and potlucks galore! But are you paying too much for those crudités? If your gut is unhappy with you this December consider these digestive tips…
Have a one-night stand with gluten, not a serious relationship
Avoid gluten – you’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, and for good reason! Gluten is hard on the gut and very often the cause of gas, bloating and that “I’m going to rip at the seams” feeling. So go light on the glutinous stuff. And if you are going to indulge consider the next two tips…
Keep digestive enzymes on hand
Digestive enzymes will help you break down protein (like gluten), fat and sugars (like lactose). There are many different brands out there. Look for one that contains protease, lactase, and lipase. Our dispensary staff can help you select the best product for you. If you’ve got a bloated friend in need, be a pal and pass the bottle around!
Sip apple cider vinegar
I like adding a splash to carbonated water and sipping on it after a big meal. If that doesn’t sound appealing you can always dilute 1 tsp to 1 Tbsp of ACV in a little water and shoot it back. Quick and painless! For those ACV haters, try peppermint or ginger teas.
Moderate your sugar consumption
Sugar feeds unfriendly bacteria in the gut and can lead to bloating and totally un-fun things like yeast infections, colds and flus (sugar suppresses your immune system). If you’re a big fan of baking at this time of year try using less refined, mineral rich and lower glycemic options like maple syrup, honey, dates and coconut sugar. Don’t forget alcohol = sugar so proceed with caution!
Prevent binging with protein
Have some quality protein throughout the day (e.g. beans, meat, fish, nuts and seeds). Protein will help keep your blood sugar stable so you won’t get to your friend’s house and immediately eat an entire box of crackers!
Water + fiber are your friends
With hectic schedules and lots of events it can be easy to let your diet slide. Don’t stress, it happens. Do yourself a favour and at least stay hydrated (carry a water bottle with you). Bonus points for adding ground flax or chia seeds to your breakfast smoothie or cereal. The extra fiber will help keep all those Christmas cookies moving…
Kate McMurray, Certified Holistic Nutritionist