5 tips for good digestion this Christmas

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Christmas can be a little challenging for our gut health goals but there’s a few things you can do to keep the tummy troubles at bay. Check out our top 5 tips for good digestion this Christmas.

Savour it – Take your time to chew properly and engage your senses (resist the urge to multitask!). Slowing down when you eat allows enough time for your brain to send signals to your gut, simulating your digestive enzymes and letting your gut know it’s ‘go time’. Chewing thoroughly also makes it easier for your digestive juices to mix with the food in your stomach, in turn, breaking it down faster.

Don’t forget the fibre – Christmas is a time for treating yourself but don’t forget to eat plenty of fibre too. Make sure you’re getting a hearty dose of legumes and veg each day (on top of all the mince pies) and where possible, choose wholegrain or wholewheat options – they contain far greater amounts of fibre which will help keep you regular and your gut microbes happy.

Go for a walk – Light exercise after eating has been shown to increase gut transit time by 30%. If you often feel constipated, a little walk after meal time should help move things along.

Stay hydrated – Dehydration is a common cause of constipation and during the festive period, our regular consumption of alcoholic drinks can leave us a little more susceptible to it than usual. Try having a glass of water alongside every alcoholic drink you consume, this will help keep your stools soft and make them easier to pass.

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And there you have it! We hope these simple tips help you keep on top of your gut health the Christmas.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ways-to-improve-digestion#TOC_TITLE_HDR_5

https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/good-digestion

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325822#eat-more-fiber

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