Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with friends and family, observe traditions, and enjoy a nice home-cooked meal. But after the feast, you may be feeling bloated which is due to your digestive system in overdrive; processing all of that food. But don’t worry—there are plenty of natural digestive aids and techniques that will put you at ease after the big meal.
How digestion works
Your digestive system is composed of many organs that work together to break down food. The digestion process begins when food enters your mouth. You begin to break down food when you chew, and it’s important to chew slowly so that your saliva can also break down the food chemically. The food passes on to other organs where it is deconstructed further and then your body will absorb the nutrients.
What to eat for better digestion
- Start Thanksgiving Day off right with a fiber-filled breakfast. Eat something that will be easily broken down like yogurt, green smoothies, or avocado toast on whole grain bread. Your stomach will thank you later.
- Drink lemon water. The water will help flush your system and the lemon will stimulate stomach acid production—which aids in digestion.
- Mind your snacking throughout the day. For starters, you do not want to head into the big meal feeling full, nor do you want to get blocked up on cheese and other snacks. If you do want a snack, choose foods that are low in calories and high in fiber like celery, carrots, and apples.
- Drink herbal tea and avoid overly-caffeinated drinks. Choose a tea like chamomile or peppermint and add lemon, ginger, and honey. Ginger contains enzymes that help your body digest proteins while reducing acid reflux and nausea. Raw honey is rich in antioxidants and is an all-natural probiotic.
Another step you can take for better digestive health is to go on a walk after the meal. The light exercise will keep your metabolic rate up and is a great opportunity to enjoy some fresh air. With the help of natural digestive aids, Thanksgiving Day can be focused on spending time with the ones you love—and not an upset stomach. Follow these tips and be sure to share them with your family and friends.
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