Three Tips for Beating the Holiday Bloat

Here are 3 things you can do to avoid the Holiday Bloat this season

1) Remember to chew your food: Chewing your food is a simple and easy way to help prevent the holiday bloat. There is an enzyme called amylase in the saliva that works to actually break-down carbohydrates. If you don’t chew your food thoroughly, your carbs can’t break-down and they will back-up into your stomach and not be digested thoroughly. This can cause gas and bloating, leaving you feeling uncomfortable and needing to wear those stretchy pants.

2) Drink some Stomach Fire Tonic before meals (or any time you are feeling uncomfortable). 

Mix together in a glass:

1 cup warm water

1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar

 1 tsp raw honey

This drink will prevent or remedy bloating. It is actually a nice sipper, and works best before a heavy meal, but can also help a lot right after a meal or when you start to feel uncomfortable. 

A culprit of indigestion and bloating is low (or inconsistent) stomach acid. The apple cider vinegar helps to regulate stomach acid, and the honey has enzymes and beneficial bacteria that help digest your food. 

3) Add some fermented foods to your holiday meal: Including fermented foods into your diet over the holidays can help combat bloat by providing your body with enzymes to help breakdown your food, and probiotics (good bacteria) to help combat bloating.

Sauerkraut, Organic Yoghurt, Kefir, Kombucha, Wild Fermented Sodas, Organic Wine and Beer (in moderation), Kimchi, and Organic raw milk cheese are examples of fermented foods you can include on your plate. 

Watch my video on how to make Traditional Sauerkraut at home

Try making your own Sauerkraut with my How To Video.

Bonus tip: Kombucha is great for those mornings when you’ve indulged maybe a little too much alcohol. It helps to gently cleanse the liver and give your body some probiotics to help ease you into your day. It also makes a great mixer (Kombucha and Bourbon is a fave of mine over the holidays). 

Cheers to a happy, healthy, somewhat indulgent Holiday Season!

Toby