With the onset of winter and the holidays rolling in, chances are that we will be eating and drinking on a trot, above our normal calories scope.
Our digestive systems will be heavily taxed during this time.
The trick is to try and keep your consumption as close as possible to natural foods because diets high in processed foods have been linked to a higher risk of digestive disorders. Eating a diet low in food additives, trans fats and artificial sweeteners may improve your digestion and protect against digestive diseases.
A high-fiber diet promotes regular bowel movements and may protect against many digestive disorders. Three common types of fiber are soluble and insoluble fiber, as well as prebiotics.
Manage your stress, stay hydrated and eat mindfully. While it’s important to slow down and listen to your body, it’s equally important to get moving and ditch bad habits, like not following a routine and snacking late at night.
Additionally, incorporating gut supporting herbs, spices and nutrients helps in easing the pressure of digestion on your overworked system.
Ginger has been a vital part of traditional medicine for thousands of years. Some of ginger’s impressive health benefits may be attributed to its digestive enzymes. Ginger contains the protease zingibain, which digests proteins into their building blocks. Food sitting in the stomach for too long is often thought to be the cause of indigestion. Studies in healthy adults and those with indigestion show that ginger helped food move faster through the stomach by promoting contractions.
HOW TO MAKE GINGER TEA
1. Boil 2 mugs of water and add grated ginger (3 tbspns) to it.
2. Continue to boil for a full 2-4 minutes.
3. Cover and let it sit for 3 minutes.
4. Strain, pour yourself a mug and sip gently.
FOR FASTER DIGESTIVE RELIEF
1. Roughly chop ginger into the mixie, add 3 tsps of water
2. Grind to a paste
3. Squeeze paste and discard the fibre
4. Have 2 tbspns of ginger juice with a pinch of black salt just before a meal
5. Repeat again after your meal, minus the black salt