At this time of year we might be suffering from some of the effects of seasonal celebrations. It is very hard to stick to normal eating habits when routine changes and endless nibbles and drinks are put before us.

Boost Digestion

Saliva, stomach acid, enzymes, bile and gut flora are all produced to help break-down foods and absorb nutrients. Snacks, treats and heavier winter foods can cause imbalances and deficiencies which lead to food sitting for too long in the stomach causing constipation. When food moves too slowly through the digestive tract, it can ferment and produce toxins and gasses, which lead to inflammation and bloating. In order to support your liver and reduce bloating, it is helpful to reduce the amount of high fat and high protein foods you eat. Small, undigested particles of food can also enter the blood stream which leads to an immune response. In order to deliver more immune cells to the area, there is an increase in fluid, leaving you with a swollen stomach and that’s the last thing you want.

Tips to avoid the bloat.

  • Make sure you always sit down when you eat, and drink twenty minutes before or after eating, rather than during meals. Always chew foods well.
  • Eat foods rich in potassium such as bananas, mangoes, spinach, tomatoes, avocados, sweet potatoes and cucumbers.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners and fizzy carbonated drinks.
  • Drink plenty of still water in between meals.
  • Drink warm water with lemon and squeeze lemon over food. Lemons are a natural diuretic and gentle laxative as well as being cleansing and alkalizing.
  • Eat fruit on its own, not at the end of a meal.
  • Eat salads and raw fruits and vegetables before heavier cooked foods and proteins to prevent fermentation.
  • Eat prebiotic foods like oats, apples, barley, leeks, onions and bananas and consider taking a quality probiotic supplement 
  • Eat bitter foods to increase the flow of bile help break down fats, such as rocket, olives and kale.
  • Eat one tablespoon of ground or soaked flaxseeds everyday to promote healthy gut flora and to increase soluble and insoluble fibre • Reduce high fat and high protein foods that can lead to bloating.
  • Sip on fennel, ginger, peppermint or green tea to reduce fluid retention and flush out excess sodium.
  • Spirulina and Chlorella contain high levels of folic acid, Vitamin D and iron that help form new cells that are important for restoring the gut lining.
  • Try drinking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a small glass of water before eating.
  • Have 1-2 teaspoons of raw Baobab Powder in a glass of water before eating. 

Avoid reflux and heartburn

  • Reduce coffee, alcohol, milk and fatty foods.
  • Don’t lie down or exercise soon after eating.
  • Eat bananas, papaya, pineapple, celery, ginger, almonds, walnuts, watercress, olives and cinnamon, all containing properties to sooth the digestive tract.

For a combination of supergreens, berries, probiotics, prebiotics, Spirulina and Chlorella you may like to try a daily smoothie with KIKI Nature’s Living Superfood or Terranova Life Drink