Digestive health

First of all I want to apologise for being so absent lately over the past 3 weeks I have been so busy I barely found time to sit down and write a proper post. I, like everyone else have had plenty of Christmas get togethers; I went to Rome for a few days and had 4 birthday parties and a couple of dates. Luckily my weight is still more or less stable – i haven’t lost any weight but haven’t gained weight either. I try to make healthy choices when eating out and I usually try and have a grilled steak, fish or chicken breast to be safe as salads in Malta leave a lot to be desired. I am sure many of you have the same problem. In fact next year I plan to review healthy eating places in Malta.

Anyway one of the things people always complain about at the moment is that they tend to over eat – they end up feeling bloated; having stomach pains, maybe some acid reflux. Its normal as we tend to over indulge in not only food but also drinks. So here are some tips on how to maintain your digestive health throughout the Christmas period:

– Avoid heavy meals – that is meals which are not only high in fat but also fried. An excess of fat will overwhelm the stomach, resulting in acid reflux and heartburn. The body can only handle so much at one time.

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– Try to avoid food which is excessively spicy as this can irritate your digestive tract and increase acid production and reflux.

– Invest in a good probiotic. By replenishing healthy bacteria in your digestive tract, you improve nutrient uptake and generally protect yourself from bad bacteria and other pathogens that can compromise your digestive system. (My favourite is Fermentflor Forte it has really helped me improve my digestive health)

– Take it easy with the alcohol. There’s nothing wrong with going out for a night of relaxation and some pints, but alcohol, particularly in excess, can do massive harm to your stomach. Excessive alcohol intake not only promotes vomiting, but also causes inflammation in the stomach, heartburn, and general intestinal distress. Of course if you are going to Drink please make sure you wont be driving.

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– Drink enough Water. One of the most important tips for improving digestive health is drinking water. This is the basis for digestion and is essential for excretion. Particularly, if you suffer from constipation or painful bowel movements, increasing your water intake can immediately help get your bowels moving and rejuvenate the body in countless other ways.

-Tea – Rather than after-dinner coffee, try tea instead to ease digestion and soothe the stomach. Different teas contain different active compounds, such as the polyphenols and catechins are present in green tea. They protect the gut and increase pepsin production, which is an enzyme that increases the speed of protein digestion.

Now we all know that with Maltese mothers and Nannas its difficult to avoid overeating on Christmas and new years days. My mum is already planning a 5 course meal for Christmas day. So What i would recommend is apart from your usual probiotics invest in a packet of Magastic. Magastic® contains a unique formula of natural Mastic Gum, with Zinc and Vitamin B6. Mastic gum is a well-known natural remedy, which has been used for over 2500 years as a natural digestive supplement.Its unique combination of gut-friendly properties all work together to support normal digestion and help you to maintain a healthy digestive system. So it will help in the case of indigestion by promoting a more efficient digestion of food and it will also help in the case of acid reflux since Mastic gum is known to have very strong anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe the irritated tissue of the stomach and oesophagus allowing healing and recovery.

I tried it myself after i overindulged in one of the meals this season as my stomach is no longer used to eating this much and it worked really quickly and eased all symptoms of indigestion.