I was reminded at the start of this year of what can happen to your digestion during the festive season. Won’t go into details 😦
It led me to this question – how often do we put up with digestive problems well past the point of when we should?
December is hard on your body – you bet! There’s Christmas parties, alcohol, not much exercise, busy-ness beyond our control, stress, late nights, eating too much, did I mention alcohol? – the list goes on.
It’s not until some time in January, after holidays and maybe back to work, that you begin to feel the real effects.
A common question from clients this month has been “do I need a detox?”
Well, perhaps not.
Most of the time you’re feeling less than ordinary because your digestive system has been overworked and filled full of less than healthy food, not because you’ve stored up a zillion toxins in body tissues that need to be detoxed through your liver (that’s what a detox does).
If you’ve found yourself with any of the following symptoms after an over-indulgent holiday season, then you should think about improving your digestion:
- Nausea or feeling queasy
- Feeling tired/no energy
- Skin flare ups
- Bad breath
3 Easy Tips to Get Your Gut Back to Good Working Order
- Give it a break – try a one week hiatus from all the things that can upset your stomach. The main culprits are wheat/gluten, dairy, sugar and alcohol. Eat more fresh vegetables, especially leafy greens and cruciferous veges like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, small amounts of fruit, lots of water and good protein.
- Take a broad spectrum probiotic – get the good bugs back in there. Your lower intestine has possibly been party central to those unhealthy bugs which have bred like wildfire over December/January. Putting the good guys back in will help crowd them out.
- Get things moving – the simplest way to stimulate your gut is to make a ritual of lemon & water first thing in the morning for a while. Squeeze about 1/4 of a lemon into a about 250ml of water (warm or cold) – this will give your digestion a kick start for the day.
If things are a little too far gone and this doesn’t do the trick, there is a Plan B. You’ll need a little more support and intervention, so contact me for more details.
With your health in mind,
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Catherine McCoy is the founder of the iNaturally Clinic in Canberra, an Integrative Naturopath who works with women from all walks of life who are tired, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed and stressed – women who really want to get their health back on track. By working on the goals, motivations and choices of each client (what makes them tick) and combining that with the knowledge of science and the healing power of nature, she helps them to Reboot their Health and Rebuild their Life™!