How To Keep Your Gut Healthy Over the Holiday Season

Autoimmunity & Healing Diets

Dec 21
Gut health, intestinal issues

It’s the holiday season and you are confronted with lots of cheat foods. It’s very easy to overdo it. If you have already existing digestive issues, this time of the year can be most challenging.

Plan Your Meals

If you are on a special diet and have to avoid certain foods, bring your own dish to share. Most people love grain free food and will not even know it is special.

At home, spend a few hours making your special foods and freezing so you have some fast food when you need it. I always have frozen meals in the freezer as well as frozen burgers.

6 Tips to Combat Intestinal Upset

If you begin to feel intestinal upset it is best to stick to your diet firmly. In addition, here are some tips that will calm the upset and put you back on track!

1- Drink bone broth or soup made from bone broth at each meal. It could be 1/2 to 1 cup before the meal. This will provide important minerals, collagen, gelatin and other nutrients that protect the intestinal lining.

2- Drink ginger tea. It is a natural anti-inflammatory. Ginger tea also has potent anti-nausea properties and can ease stomach cramping. A hot cup of ginger tea is very comforting.

3- Eat jello. Jello made from grassfed gelatin can soothe a troubled gut. This Pineapple Ginger Jello is amazing!

4- Make your own gelatin gummies with grassfed gelatin – it’s so easy and very comforting to the digestive tract! These Cranberry Apple Gelatin Gummies are amazing!

3- Take a supplement called DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) before a meal. This form of licorice will not interfere with blood pressure, has been used for thousands of years and will protect the mucous lining from irritating foods.

4- Use slippery elm with meals. Slippery elm enables the nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract to increase the secretion of mucus. The mucus lining forms a barrier that protects the intestine and promotes healing.

5- Marshmallow root is much like slippery elm in that is is also contains mucilage, which protects and heals the mucous membrane in the gut.

6- Take a good probiotic on a regular basis. I love this spore based probiotic because it has strains that stay in the gut and that survive the acid of the stomach. This probiotic is another good one that also has spores in it.

Here are some additional tips that will help prevent digestive upset.

Sugars, Starches and Alcohol

Stay away from sugars, starches and alcohol as much as you can. You don’t have to grab every cookie and candy that comes your way. These things create a lot of fermentation in the gut – exactly what you don’t want if your gut is sensitive.

Sugar is inflammatory for everyone and for those with digestive issues in particular. If you must drink, limit yourself to wine and water it down with ice. Know your limits – the happier you get, the easier it is to overindulge in the wrong foods.

Know Your Trigger Foods

A digestive issue doesn’t take a vacation just because the holidays are around. Though, it is a time that is harder for you to avoid the foods that make your life miserable. Stand up for yourself when a pushy person tries to get you to eat a known trigger.

Thanks but no thanks is a term I have used repeatedly.

These tips can help an acute problem with intestinal upset, but to get long term relief and benefits getting to the root cause of the trouble is key.

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