It’s a season of overindulgence for many…this is fine every now and again, the problem is when it continues for too long the body suffers. You can feel very full, huge abdominal discomfort, bloating, experience excessive flatulence, abdominal cramps, nauseousness and lots more. Constipation, diarrhoea, headaches, Hiatal hernias, skin issues and lots more can all result from eating TOO MUCH rich food.
To prevent and reduce all of the above symptoms…you must first
CHEW YOUR FOOD THOROUGHLY.
Chewing aids the entire digestive system to absorb and get the NUTRIENTS from the food you have eaten. When the body gets the desired nutrients it will run in an efficient healthy energised way.
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Rub around the stomach area on the left side, under the breast area, this will increase the blood supply to the stomach organ and improve digestive flow and also massage all around the abdominal area in a clockwise direction which can really help to get everything moving too. This is also a very relaxing and grounding thing to do too!! so its a win win 🙂
MOVE AROUND… Ensure you are not slumped over while you are eating. Sit up straight and maintain good posture during and after eating. Gentle movement such as walking is great after eating to promote digestion.
Avoid bending over after eating a big meal. This is a huge cause of hiatal hernia attacks.
Drink herbal teas or hot water. Plain boiled water is very soothing for the whole digestive tract and wakes the system up. Do not have with a meal as you are washing away your digestive enzymes. It is great first thing in the morning to kick start your system or if you have abdominal cramps , sip on warm water.
Grate fresh ginger root into a cup of hot water, it is fantastic at helping to reduce abdominal bloating, cramps, spasms etc
Peppermint tea or fresh peppermint leaves in hot water can help to cool the digestive tract.
Dandelion tea is a wonderful bitter and helps to clean the blood and stimulate bile to aid digestion of meals especially those containing lots of sugar and fat.
Apple cider vinegar is also great in helping to stimulate digestive processing and it helps to keep the system alkaline.
Savour your food. Give thanks for all the food you have to eat and be mindful of what you eat.
Keep enjoying the festive season..one mouthful at a time 🙂
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