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Overindulgence at Christmas time can play havoc with your digestive system. It’s a time when all your good health intentions go out the window so here are my tips for a digestive system detox.
The problem is that our bodies aren’t used to the sudden onslaught of heavy, rich food and alcohol and often rebel with indigestion, acid reflux and constipation. We put excessive demands on our digestive systems with large meals.
I am not saying that you have to give up on your favorite Christmas dinner treats but with these simple digestive system detox tips you can keep your digestive system on top form during the Christmas season.
1. Start the day with a green smoothie
Green smoothies need no digestion and are full of essential nutrients which are easily absorbed into your body. They help to keep your body alkaline and give you an energy boost.
They are ideal to sip when you don’t feel like eating breakfast or simply don’t have time. Take one to the office in a flask and drink when you get there. Prepare the ingredients the night before if you must.
2. Keep it moving with fiber
One of the most important digestive system detox tips is to keep everything moving through it with fiber. Whole grains such as oats, brown rice, beans and lentils, fruit, vegetables and seeds provide good fiber that will help gently cleanse your system and prevent constipation.
Start the day with a bowl of old fashioned oatmeal porridge sweetened with a little rice syrup, no added sugar muesli or whole grain toast with a couple of poached eggs.
Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds to your breakfast muesli or porridge for gentle bowel cleansing.
3. Watch your sugar intake
It’s hard to get away from it. Christmas seems to be full of tempting sweet treats. Remember that sugar encourages the overgrowth of yeasts like candida and bad bacteria in your digestive system.
Researchers have found that a high sugar diet can quickly and dramatically alter the population of beneficial micro-organisms living in the digestive tract. Good bacteria prime the immune system and keep us healthy.
Eat foods that provide the gut flora with prebiotic fiber. The prebiotics stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli in the gut and increase resistance to bad bugs.
Fruit such as berries, bananas and cherries and Vegetables such as chard, kale, artichokes, chicory, garlic, onions and leeks are rich in prebiotics.
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4. Love your liver
Your liver is the main detox organ. One of the ways that your liver detoxes harmful chemicals that get into your body is through the bile which is released into your digestive system.
Stock up with and eat liver friendly foods such as blueberries, raspberries, cherries, grapes, papayas, mangoes, lemons, prunes, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, garlic ,leeks and onions. They will help your digestive system detox to keep your digestive system in top form.
Alcohol is a poison and has to be detoxified through the liver. Drinking to excess overloads the liver and interferes with digestion. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or diluted fruit juice with no added sugar.
Dandelion is a good herb to take for your liver if you have overdone the eating and drinking. Learn more about it here: Cleanse Your Body With A Dandelion Detox
If you wake up with a hangover try this Detox Hangover Smoothie.
5. Stay hydrated
Help to avoid indigestion during the festive season by drinking plenty of pure Water but not with meals. This dilutes the digestive juices and prevents them working properly. Water is a simple way to keep your digestive system healthy and prevent constipation. Make sure you drink 6 – 8 glasses of pure water a day.
Green tea or herbal teas are a good alternative to coffee which can trigger indigestion. Coffee and chocolate at the end of a meal can lead to heartburn, bloating and stomach cramps. Coffee stimulates bowel contractions but can cause pre-digested food to move into the small intestine causing stomach cramps.
Our digestive systems are one of the most easily upset parts of the body. Stressful, modern lifetyles, erratic eating patterns and processed food have been blamed. Follow these simple digestive system detox tips and don’t let excessive Christmas eating upset yours.
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