You know that feeling when you’re completely “stuffed” after a hearty meal? You feel fit to pop and a long nap is the only thing on your mind. You may also feel sluggish and your stomach may be a little sensitive. This all comes down to your digestion!
When your digestive system is working optimally, you’ll feel comfortable after eating, you won’t feel fatigued or bloated and you’ll still have loads of energy for the rest of the day. There are many reasons for poor digestion from eating too much during one sitting or not chewing your food properly, to washing your meal down with a cold beverage. All of these factors can seriously interfere with the digestive process!
Of course the pre and post-holiday season might mean you are going to be enjoying more than a hearty meal or two. During this time tips for healthy digestion become more important than ever!
Keep reading for a few of our favourite healthy eating tips to improve poor digestion so you can feel confident during the holiday season and into the new year!
Eat Slowly and Mindfully
When you’re really hungry and presented with a plate piled high with all your favourite comfort foods, it can be a little hard not to guzzle it down all at once, but while your appetite may feel satisfied, your stomach will certainly not!
Eating slowly, in a relaxed state and taking deep breaths is an excellent way to ensure your body properly digests your food.
It’s also important to eat small mouthfuls and to thoroughly chew your food before swallowing so your body has less work to do in terms of digestion. You’ll feel full sooner and be able to stop before you reach that feeling of being stuffed.
It takes a bit of time, but the more you become aware of how you eat, the easier it will become!
Sip Warm Tea Alongside Your Meal
You may think a glass of cold water is healthy to sip on alongside your meal, but according to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, drinking cold drinks with your meal will interfere with digestion and even produce harmful toxins in the body. Instead, sip on warm, herbal teas that promote healthy digestion such as dandelion, peppermint or our favourite; ginger.
Use Digestive Support Remedies
Digestive support remedies go a long way in providing the digestive support you need to instantly relieve any issues with your stomach so you can feel like yourself again, and here, at Orange Naturals, we have a vast array for you to choose from!
One example is our Digestion Combo, which includes digestive support herbs such as Artichoke leaf, Angelica, Dandelion, Gentian root and Chamomile to promote healthy digestion and relieve indigestion.
Don’t let sluggish digestion slow you down! Follow the tips above and this helpful yoga video to get things moving along so you feel your best all season long!