Live Well
December 2012

De-Stress the Holidays

I happen to love the holiday season and all the merrymaking, cooking and shopping that go along with it. However, I also find that the holidays can really compromise my digestive system, not just because of the constant eating and drinking, but also because of the added stress.

Let’s face it, between Thanksgiving and New Year, our life seems to center around eating and drinking. All the added food and drink can really burden our digestive system, so that we feel lethargic and bloated. On top of it all, sugar, white flour, meat, and alcohol are all very acidic foods which can impair our digestion. When our digestive system is overburdened, our immune system also weakens because we are not able to absorb the nutrients necessary to support our immune system and we become susceptible to colds and other illnesses.

In addition to that, we have gatherings with family and friends, holiday shopping and many additional responsibilities to attend to.  The added stress can also weaken our digestive system. When one is under stress, blood sugar rises to provide more fuel for energy and blood is taken away from the gut and digestive system. As a result, foods are not digested properly, essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals are not absorbed and wastes and toxins are not eliminated from the body.

So, this holiday season, take some time to give your body and mind a break so that you can really enjoy this special time of year.

10 Tips to support your digestive system
during the holiday season:

  1. Begin your day with a glass of warm lemon juice with a pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper to detoxify your body and help digestion.
  2. Drink light vegetable broth to help give your digestive system a break. Fruits and vegetables are alkalizing and help balance the buildup of acidity in your gut.
  3. Drink herbal teas to help with digestion, such as peppermint and ginger. Drink chamomile tea to help calm your nerves.
  4. Drink lots of water to flush out toxins from the body.
  5. Eat foods rich in fiber to help eliminate waste from your body.
  6. Eat foods rich in vitamin C to support your immune system.
  7. Eat foods rich in probiotics (yogurt, kefir, kombucha) to help provide good bacteria and support your immune system.
  8. Exercise to move your body and help release endorphins, which calm the body.
  9. Meditate, breathe and relax when possible.
  10. Find the time to be with your loved ones and enjoy the holidays!


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