Detox Tips for Overindulging During the Holidays

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With all the delicious foods to choose from during the holidays,  and in spite of our best efforts to keep food indulgences to a minimum, there  are times when we find that it’s nearly impossible to resist an extra helping of  treats.

To deal with our temporary lack of constraint that can produce an  upset tummy, here are some natural and inexpensive remedies to jump start your  digestive system back into high gear.

The facts

Our  digestive system is an important key to living a long and healthy life.  Digestive function is made up of numerous organs working together to break down,  absorb, and process nutrients in the food we eat. Without healthy digestion, the  body can become malnourished and toxins may build up, leading to degenerative  diseases.

Using herbs and whole foods is a simple way to support the  natural detoxification organs of your body.

Below are some simple tricks  to turn foods you already have in your cabinets into goldmines for the digestive  system.

Herbal elixir

Caffeine-free herbal teas can reduce  an uncomfortable, bloated system. Warm and soothing, these medicinal leaves  become digestive support upon contact.

* Peppermint – Used for centuries  to ease the digestive system. Assists with dissipation of gas and  indigestion.
* Chamomile – With anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic  properties, the calming effects of this tea also help relieve stress, which is  often linked to digestive problems.
* Lemon grass – Soothes the digestive  system and calms the nerves.

Go green

Green juices are  packed with nutrition. Drinking emerald sunshine enables the release of stored  toxins throughout the system. Green juices can cleanse your digestive system,  helping to move things along while providing an extra dose of readily available  nutrients.

Start with vegetables that are gentle on your system like  celery and cucumbers, adding a little apple to sweeten things  up.

Natural enzymes

Pineapples contain the digestive enzyme  bromelain, and papayas contain papain. These natural enzymes support the  digestive system in breaking down and absorbing nutrients from the foods  we eat. Consuming the fresh juice from these fruits can help relieve gas, upset  stomach and occasional constipation and diarrhea.

Pucker  up

Warm lemon water is used in many ancient remedies to alleviate  digestive distress, support liver detoxification, normalize digestive juices,  and reduce intestinal bloating. Lemon activates the liver to release toxins and  helps to cleanse and move any roughage that stays behind in the  intestines.

Mix half of a juiced lemon with eight ounces of warm water.  Drink upon waking on an empty stomach.

Spice it up

Ginger stimulates digestion by speeding up the movement of food  from the stomach into the small intestine. Widely used all over the world for  many digestive disturbances, ginger has been found to soothe the digestive  lining and balance gastric juices, making it a great remedy for  overeating.

Peel and slice a two-inch piece of fresh ginger. Add to three  cups of boiling water. Brew for five minutes, strain and sip the tea slowly. You  may add some natural sweetener to taste.

Naturally  fermented

Naturally high in probiotics, foods such as raw sauerkraut  provide beneficial enzymes that increase the digestibility of any food. This  enhances lactic acid which in turn promotes the growth of healthy flora  throughout the intestines as well as preventing the growth of harmful bacteria  and increasing nutrient absorption.

Even though the temptation to indulge  may be more likely to occur during the holidays, these simple, natural remedies  can promote healthy digestion any time of the year.

Sources for this  article include:

http://www.bastyrcenter.org/content/view/1424/ http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/bromelain-000289.htm http://www.whfoods.com

About the  author: Heidi Fagley is a Holistic Nutritionist and has two culinary arts  degrees – one in Raw, Living Foods and another in Natural Foods. Educating  others about nutrition and the benefits of using whole foods to heal and prevent  disease is her passion. She is currently writing a series of unique  books on the art of eating and using food as medicine and how to re-educate the  palate to enjoy healthy foods. Heidi teaches that healthy eating is a  lifestyle, and her recipes and food products embrace this energy. No guilt, pure  pleasure and 100% taste!
Learn more:  NaturalNews.com

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