It's that time again - the holidays are just around the corner and traditionally come with all kinds of delicious meals. While we all love to enjoy the many festive dishes, overeating can often lead to gastrointestinal problems such as bloating, constipation and other digestive problems for many of us.
With multiple parties and long elaborate dinner parties, it's easy to eat more than you set your mind to. This often causes an overload of your digestive system afterwards and can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable. In addition, the heavy and rich dishes that are so typical of a festive meal can slow down digestion due to their high fat content and lack of fiber.
If possible, try to avoid processed foods as much as possible. These often contain fewer nutrients and will further slow down digestion. Instead, opt for fresh vegetables, packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, which will aid rather than hinder your digestion . Foods high in probiotics, such as yogurt, can also be good for your digestive system. Try a small portion after meals if you want something sweet but healthy.
For many of us, the heavy dinners traditionally go hand-in-hand with some wine, some bubbles and maybe an after-dinner coffee. Because alcohol and caffeine have a dehydrating effect on your body, they can actually increase bloating and discomfort. So try to enjoy yourself and drink enough water in the meantime. Since your digestive system needs plenty of fluids, this will also help prevent constipation afterwards. A fresh herbal tea with dessert is therefore a good idea. It also immediately provides a calming effect on your stomach and digestion.
If you are sensitive to bloating, constipation or other digestive complaints, you should generally try not to eat and drink excessively. Breaking up meals into small portions throughout the evening can help prevent overexertion and reduce bloating . Also, try not to eat too late in the evening, as this can cause indigestion and heartburn due to the natural production of stomach acid—necessary for digestion.
Although the tasty but often heavy meals can often cause stomach and intestinal problems, the holidays remain a time to enjoy . A few small adjustments will hopefully help you fully enjoy the festive meals without feeling uncomfortable afterwards.
We wish you, your family and friends happy parties and a healthy 2023!
Pharmacist Dirk Christiaen
Founder of Metis Supplements