How to Prevent Holiday Bloat

It’s that time of year again: the temptations of sweet holiday treats are upon us and our tummies may have something to say about it. Parties filled with cakes, processed foods and alcoholic beverages will be plentiful this year, which means being armed with natural remedies to fight off that holiday bloat is a must!

Sugar cookies, pumpkin pies and cups of eggnog, oh my! No matter how strict you may be with the foods you eat, the holiday season is a tempting one and overeating is so easy to do during the many festivities. While there may be some ways you can help your tummy battle the many smorgasbords of the holidays, do you have a plan for when your food coma hits?! With Life Alert Protection’s emergency pendant, you can! As you get dressed for your holiday party, slip on your light weight and completely discreet medical alert pendant under your clothing and head down the stairs with full confidence. Should you experience flaming stuffing in your oven or an accidental turkey stumble stupor, simply push the button on your pendant and receive an emergency medical response fast. While your friends and family may have the holidays off, Life Alert never takes a day off and is available 24/7 for your personal protection. So, fear not this holiday season, get Life Alert and be protection.

Although Life Alert can help you with medical home emergencies such as accidents, falls, fires, or home invasions, you still need to be responsible for what’s on your plate. You may have been good all year long with your diet, but if there is a time to fall off the bandwagon, it’s the holidays. With all of the delicious treats at home, at your friends and even at work, the temptation is hard to escape which is why Food Matters[1] has listed several easy and holistic ways you can help your stomach fight your unusual eating habits this season.

  1. Pre-Tox With Probiotics. Before the holidays get into full swing, start preparing your gut’s digestive capacity with probiotics. It’s recommended that over the long term, fermented food is better for the proper intestinal flora of 80-85 percent good bacteria to 15-20 percent pathogenic bacteria. If you haven’t been doing this, do a crash probiotic binge with high quality supplements containing high counts of several strains of bacteria. This sort of thing should also be done temporarily during and after you’ve been forced into taking antibiotics. Then go long-term and find the fermented food or beverage solution that works for you.
  2. Slow And Steady. Eat more slowly while talking a little less during meals. You can slow down by chewing more. Consuming liquids, plain water, beer, wine, whatever, should be done sparingly while eating. Try to avoid mixing in too many sugary items with whatever you eat. Say “no mas” before you’re full. After a bout of heavy eating, take a walk. If you need to rest, lie down on your left side. Ayurvedic doctors, whose health focus is digestion, recommend these activities.
  3. A Spoonful Of Apple Cider Vinegar. Try a tablespoon apple-cider-vinegaror two of organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in a glass of filtered water, add a squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of raw honey for flavor. You can take it before, during, or after a meal or party snacking. It’s wise to have a few digestive enzyme supplements on hand as well to help improve digestion. Improve your overall digestion while giving your pancreas a break.
  4. Chew Some Fennel Seeds. If you’re going to office parties or dinner parties at others’ homes or out to eat, carry some fennel seeds along. Chewing fennel seeds after a meal is a traditional Indian method of promoting digestion. Fennel seeds are openly available and served like after dinner mints in Indian restaurants. When you’re home, you can make a strong peppermint tea or put a few drops of peppermint oil into water and drink it. Many swear by peppermint tea for digestive issues of all sorts. Some do well with fresh chamomile tea before bed time as well.
  5. Be A Ginger Ninja. Ginger tea or capsules usually work well for stomach problems. You can make the tea by boiling thin sliced ginger root, enough to cover the bottom of your pan, and let it simmer for around a half-hour. Organic ginger root is pricier and not as available as conventionally farmed ginger root. So peel the skin off conventionally farmed ginger root before slicing. When the tea cools enough to drink, add a little raw honey. Capsules are obviously more convenient if you’re out and about.

Although most things are good in moderation, naughty seasonal treats are about to overload your life and possibly your tummy this holiday season. So use the helpful tips above to keep your stomach in working order and use Life Alert Protection to keep your whole body in working order! While wearing their medical alert pendant, you can receive an emergency medical response fast, no matter when you may encounter a life threatening emergency! Plus, Life Alert’s dispatch team is available 24/7, even during the holidays! So grab another sugar cookie and be under the best in personal protection, you can. To learn more about the cornucopia of life saving services Life Alert offers, call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure.

Works Cited:

  1. Louis, PF. “5 Natural Remedies to Beat the Holiday Bloat.” Food Matters. 12 December 2013.
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