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healthspanChristmas parties and the Christmas meal are meant to be very social affairs, so dont gulp your meal down and make time for conversation, says Alison Wyndham, a complementary health practitioner and owner of the Wyndham Centres. Digestion starts in your mouth so give the digestive process a chance to start.However, if abdominal bloating or discomfort, indigestion, wind, constipation, headaches, or bowel problems are interfering in your Christmas cheer, support could be available in the form of a variety of supplements, natural remedies and traditional herbal medicines. ProbioticIn a healthy colon, there are billions of beneficial bacteria which can help to keep the proper pH of the colon and therefore prevent any bad bacteria from over growing, explains Alison.

The festive season is a time of celebration and enjoyment with friends and family, but don’t let indigestion from overindulging get in your way of having fun.

“Christmas parties and the Christmas meal are meant to be very social affairs, so don’t gulp your meal down and make time for conversation,” says Alison Wyndham, a complementary health practitioner and owner of the Wyndham Centres. “If you eat slowly and chew your food, you will feel more satiated and less likely to go for seconds. Digestion starts in your mouth so give the digestive process a chance to start.”

However, if abdominal bloating or discomfort, indigestion, wind, constipation, headaches, or bowel problems are interfering in your Christmas cheer, support could be available in the form of a variety of supplements, natural remedies and traditional herbal medicines.

Probiotic

“In a healthy colon, there are billions of beneficial bacteria which can help to keep the proper pH of the colon and therefore prevent any ‘bad’ bacteria from over growing,” explains Alison. “These ‘friendly’ bacteria are also important because, not only can they help keep the immune system healthy, they also synthesize many important vitamins in the digestive tract, including Vitamin K and some of the B vitamins. However, sugar and processed foods can increase the fungus in your gut so a goodprobiotic is essential at this time of overindulgence,” Alison says.

Multivitamins

At Christmas we eat a lot of sweet foods and drink a lot of alcohol which can alter our blood sugar. “Sugar is a very inflammatory food which can cause the gut to become inflamed as well as your sinuses and your joints,” says Alison. “When you have high sugar in your blood you store all your food as fat. Two minerals that can help to balance your sugar levels are chromium and zinc,” she says. You can find these in a good multivitamin.

Milk Thistle

“This traditional herbal medicine is a great supplement for helping the liver to detox and regenerate,” says Alison. “Milk thistle is also used to relieve the symptoms associated with over indulgence of food and drink, so at a time when we know we’ll eat and drink more than usual, it’s worth taking,” she says.

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07/12/2015