Nutritionally, the festive season is a challenge. It comes with all things naughty – rich food, sweet treats, extra units and more. All this can create havoc on your digestive system as well as on your waistline. Here are a few digestive aids to keep handy during this season:
Apple Cider Vinegar: The unique acids in apple cider vinegar can bind to toxins and help the body eliminate them more effectively. It aids detoxification in the liver, breaks up mucus throughout the body, boosts the lymphatic system, stabilises blood sugar, helps control appetite (take 1-2 teaspoons in water before each meal). A must to add to your diet if you suffer from indigestion, heartburn, diverticulitis, gout, kidney stones or high uric acid in blood. Use a straw to avoid too much acidity around your tooth enamel.
Probiotics such as yoghurt, miso soup, kefir (similar to yoghurt – a combination of goat’s milk and fermented kefir grains). Probiotics help to keep the natural digestive juices and enzymes functioning properly.
Aloe Vera is a natural remedy for acid reflux and to stabilise the alkaline levels of the body. It also helps to increase the level of good cholesterol and reduces the bad fats.
Wheatgrass or any green juice: there are over 50 reasons why you should add wheatgrass to your diet. In a nutshell, it neutralises toxins in the body, helps purify the liver, improves blood sugar problems, balances the acid/alkaline balance in the body and gives your skin a radiant glow.
Ground Flax Seeds are rich in omega oils and fibre. Flax seeds act like a gentle, natural laxative, which cleanse your colon of toxic metabolic waste. Flaxseeds also contain lecithin which helps to dissolve unhealthy fats out of your body rather than being stored as body fat.
Herbal Tea: Fennel, anise, ginger, licorice or chamomile – take in a tea or tincture form to ease the discomfort of gas or bloating and to soothe an upset stomach. Green tea increases fat burning and can also help to reduce blood sugar levels.
Lemon in hot water first thing in the morning is an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of lemons triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system. Guaranteed to boost sluggish bowels.
Zinc is needed by the liver to break down alcohol into less toxic substances. If you’re drinking, then you need more zinc in your diet.