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Beat the Bloat: A Gut-Friendly Guide for a Happy & Healthy Christmas

Beat The Bloat This Christmas with Nature's Sunshine Fat Grabbers and Proactazyme

Winter feasts warm the soul and indulging in seasonal treats seems an integral part of the festivities, however, they can place a burden on our digestive system. Some foods can contribute to digestive discomfort and cause bloating, and, in some cases, exacerbate conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Additionally, overeating can overwhelm the stomach and the detoxifying organs, leading to bloating, sluggishness and a variety of digestive issues. In this blog we’ll explore some things you can do to minimise the risk of discomfort and help you make gut-friendly choices this Christmas.

Supporting Digestive Health

Balancing enjoyment with nourishment is crucial, and even small adjustments in your lifestyle can yield significant benefits. Consider the following suggestions.

Fiber-rich Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and seeds in your meals. These foods are high in dietary fiber, which promotes healthy digestion and helps prevent constipation.

Soothing Foods There’s an array of foods that have been traditionally used to soothe digestive discomfort. Consider adding ginger, turmeric, celeriac or fennel to your soups, broths or stir-fries. Opt for vegetable-based or bone broth-based soups, which are easy to digest and provide essential nutrients.

Probiotics Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support a healthy gut microbiome. Include foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented foods in your diet. These foods can help improve digestion and boost your gut health.

The Power of Water Drinking enough water is vital for maintaining proper digestion. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Incorporate herbal teas into your routine to increase your water intake and to support your digestive health. Peppermint tea, known for its muscle-relaxing properties, can alleviate indigestion and gas. Ginger tea, with anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea benefits, is helpful for addressing indigestion and bloating. Chamomile tea is recognised for its soothing effects on the gastrointestinal tract, while fennel tea, traditionally used to relieve bloating and gas, can be beneficial. 

Mindful Eating Being present while eating supports digestion and studies have shown that even watching TV while eating is linked to overeating. Distractions while dining can lead to mindless eating, disrupting usual satiety signals and reducing awareness of food intake. Additionally, pausing between bites allows time for your body to signal fullness, helping you to recognise when you've had enough to eat. 

Remember to Chew! Thorough chewing of food enhances digestion by stimulating saliva production, releases digestive enzymes, improves nutrient absorption, and reduces stress on the digestive system. 

Listen to Your Body Everyone's digestive system is unique, so it's important to pay attention to your body's individual response to different foods. Listening to your body and making mindful choices will help you find the right balance for a happy gut.

Reducing stress promotes a calm digestive system by relaxing muscles, improving blood flow, and balancing hormones. Take time to relax and unwind, light a candle and take some deep breaths, go out in nature or take a relaxing bath. Enjoy this time for yourself to let the stresses of the day wash away. Stress switches off your rest and digest system so be conscious of your mindset and environment whilst eating.

Exercise in Nature Don’t let the cold weather deter you from getting some fresh air and exercise. Taking regular walks in nature offers a multitude of benefits for both the body and mind. Bundle up in warm layers and explore nearby parks, forests, or nature trails. The crisp air and natural surroundings will invigorate your senses and boost your mood. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.  Gentle walking after eating also helps to bring blood flow to your digestive system helping to reduce digestive issues.

Natural Supplements 

Nature's Supplements offers a range of health boosting supplements that can assist in supporting your digestive health during the festive overindulgence.

Nature's Sunshine Proactazyme

Enzymes play a vital role in breaking down food, aiding digestion, and promoting nutrient absorption. Nature’s Sunshine Proactazyme, a natural enzyme blend, aids in the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, helping to optimise nutrient absorption and alleviate bloating.



Nature's Sunshine Fat Grabbers

For those moments of festive overindulgence, Nature’s Sunshine Fat Grabbers come to the rescue. Formulated with with fiber and herbs, Fat Grabbers can help bind to dietary fats, preventing their absorption and promoting a healthy weight management routine.



This winter, embrace the festivities with a commitment to well-being. Prioritise your health by nourishing your body with wholesome foods, staying active, and supporting your digestive system with natural supplements. Remember small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Let this Christmas be your healthiest one yet!

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