Ughhh… you know the feeling. You just put away one too many pieces of your aunt’s famous rum cake. Or perhaps you went a bit overboard with the cheese ball.
Don’t let indigestion and other stomach woes put a damper on your holiday spirit. Instead, follow these simple digestive tips:
1. Limit lactose: Even for those who aren’t lactose intolerant, high-fat dairy foods can cause an array of tummy troubles, including gas, bloating and indigestion. Stick to small servings of low-fat dairy, or stay away altogether. (If you are lactose intolerant, consider taking a specialized enzyme supplement to support digestion.)
2. Get some good bacteria: Taking a probiotic supplement or eating fermented foods with active cultures can help cut down on stomach issues by supporting healthy digestive function.
3. Satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit: Instead of sugary treats or products with large amounts of sugar alcohols, stick to sweet fruits, such as berries, apples and bananas. Not only do these foods provide vitamins, they’re also packed with fiber to support healthy digestion.
4. Be prepared: You tried your hardest, but your willpower was no match for Grandma’s cookies. That’s why it’s important to be prepared by stocking your medicine cabinet with stomach soothing products, such as antacids, enzymes, laxatives and more.