The season of eggnog and mince pies is finally here and you feel that familiar fluttering in your stomach once again. Only this time around, you might not want to dismiss that fluttering as just the Spirit of Christmas waking you up.
While every season – especially winter - does bring with it, its own merry, cheerful atmosphere to the mix, it also brings a lot of healthcare issues, specifically related to your digestive system.
And we believe it’s high time we did something about them.
How, you may ask? Let’s explore!
Let’s take the current weather as an example!
With winter here, a lot of people will experience bloating problems, constipation, nausea, stomachaches and heartburn among other issues. But the reason for these issues isn’t just that it’s cold, it’s that we haven’t adjusted ourselves properly to the weather.
Some people end up focusing way too much on diet, avoiding exercise and physical activities. Others overcompensate for their winter binges by over-exercising. Some drink more water, while others forget adequate water intake altogether. Whereas the rest take this time to let go a little and eat whatever they want, channeling the spirit of Christmas as their inspiration for letting go and celebrating.
And that’s where the problem is!
We try to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the year. But when the season changes, we take advantage wherever we can, and sometimes restrict ourselves a bit too much. The dramatic changes and imbalances can often lead to a range of digestive concerns.
Your body needs proper nourishment, especially during winter time. But instead of overdoing it at meal-times, try having smaller portions of food throughout the day. Instead of 3 meals a day, do 5-smaller meals a day, substituting heavier foods for fruits or veggies with dips.
Typically, it takes around 20-30 minutes on average for you to consume your meal. Space it out and enjoy your meal, savor it and give it more time. Don’t overwhelm your stomach by eating quickly. Cut your food in to smaller, bitable pieces and chew each bite well. If you like to eat after exercising, wait at least an hour. Wait till you’re hungrier.
Dehydration can cause nausea, headaches and constipation as well as skin dryness breakouts. So pay attention to your water intake. Keep a timer in your phone that reminds you to drink water and have at least 8 glasses a day. And remember to have your water slowly. Chugging water can cause bloating and gas since you’ll be swallowing air alongside too.
Designed to aid the stomach in digestion and maintenance, these supplements will give you all the protection you need so you enjoy the seasons to the fullest!