Acid surges, constipation, bloating … in foods After overly generous holiday meals, the digestive system can sometimes pay a high price. And for good reason, the foie gras, the logs, the chocolate, etc., generally sprinkled with alcohol, are not the ideal mixture for digestion in all serenity. It is however possible to enjoy the end-of-year celebrations without experiencing difficult tomorrows.
Avoid foods that are too fatty and / or too sweet
Delicatessen meats, gravy dishes, pastries … Foods that are too fatty and / or too sweet tend to weigh on the stomach and slow down digestion. It is therefore better to avoid consuming them, especially in the evening. In which case, digestion can be difficult and disturb your sleep. So, before the holidays, prefer foods rich in fiber such as fruits and vegetables, whole foods, dried fruits … They have the advantage of improving digestion and facilitating transit.
It is best to limit alcohol consumption, which increases the acidity of the stomach and slows digestion. During the holidays, you can drink it moderately, but consider alternating with water. It is advisable to drink between 1.5 and 2 liters of water throughout the day. You can also consume herbal teas or infusions based on fennel, sage, ginger, etc., which promote digestion. Perfect to end the meal! Another good idea: take in the morning on an empty stomach, the juice of half a lemon diluted in a little water.
Chew and eat gently the foods
If the type of food consumed plays a big role in digestion, it is also the case of chewing. And for good reason, food that is chewed gently and correctly helps prevent the stomach from getting tired by brewing too large pieces of food. By chewing enough, it makes the work of the stomach and therefore digestion easier. It is also important to be focused on your meal. Indeed, watching a screen or reading while eating disturbs the brain which will not be able to send the information of satiety in time. If you feel like you are eating too fast, don’t hesitate to take short breaks. This will prevent you from overeating!
Probiotics can give a serious boost to restoring the bowels. These living organisms (bacteria or yeasts) rebalance the intestinal flora and thus reduce the risk of digestive disorders (constipation, bloating, diarrhea, etc.). Do not hesitate to make a cure before the holidays. Before you start, ask your pharmacist for advice.
Playing a sport is a good way to activate digestion and lower blood sugar. Know that it is best to wait at least two hours after a meal before playing sports. But rest assured, you don’t have to run a marathon either.
Indeed, if the urge to jog is not there, you can then walk for 30 minutes or an hour. In addition, this will allow you to achieve (if not already done!) The 30 minutes of recommended daily physical activity! If these tips are particularly valid before the end-of-year celebrations, they can also be perfectly adopted the rest of the year!