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6 tips for better digestion

6 tips for better digestion

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Holidays traditionally include festive and lavish meals. Overindulgence and fatigue make the digestive system fragile and may lead to sluggishness, bloating, or flatulence.

Here’s how you can avoid digestive problems:

1. Preserve your intestinal flora

Our digestive system plays an important role in our health; it is the body’s second brain.  It allows us to digest food and provide our body with the nutrients it needs to function properly, such as vitamins and minerals. 

Our colon naturally houses billions of bacteria (commonly known as “intestinal flora” or “microbiota”) that form a stable ecosystem: we house and feed them and they, in turn, assist digestion and protect us from pathogenic germs.  
For a more balanced intestinal flora, you may take probiotics; these are living micro-organisms in the form of film-coated tablets.

Tips: Your probiotics must contain at least 3 billion beneficial bacteria; the more, the merrier!  To be taken for 1 to 3 months, based on your needs, and renewed annually.

2. Eat fiber

For better digestion and to avoid bloating, you must try to regularly consume foods that are rich in fiber.  Dietary fibers are found in fruits (pears, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, oranges), vegetables (Brussel sprouts, artichokes, onions, garlic, corn, peas, green beans, broccoli), dried vegetables (lentils, chickpeas, string beans) and wholegrain cereals (bran flakes and oat bran cereals, wholegrain and mixed grain breads).
To avoid or lighten sluggishness after meals, you may also use Alinea Flat Stomach solution.  Just dissolve the content of the envelopes; they contain a combination of probiotics, oat bran fibers, malt and papaya juice, which assist digestion and help to quickly restore a feeling of comfort and buoyancy.

3. Take your time

Eating too fast is bad for digestion and for your waistline.  Taking your time to eat is essential in stimulating your taste buds and facilitating the digestive process.  You will feel full more quickly and sluggishness, due to digestion, will decrease.

Tips: Chew each morsel of food at least 10 times before swallowing; converse between each bite and eat slowly in order to properly savor your meals.

4. Avoid misusing alcohol

Meals are often with alcohol but it irritates the digestive system by stimulating the secretion of gastric acid.  Abusive alcohol consumption can cause inflammation, heartburn as well as nausea or vomiting.

Tips:It is not advisable to drink alcohol on an empty stomach; limit alcohol consumption; regularly alternate the use of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and avoid mixing alcoholic drinks.

5. Refrain from sleeping after a meal

After a hearty meal, we often feel the need to take a nap.  Popular belief has it that a nap after a large meal helps digestion!  On the contrary, food does not digest properly when lying down and the risk of acid reflux increases.

Tips:Wait 2-3 hours after a meal before going to bed.

6. Detox !

Fine pastries, rich meats, chocolate, and champagne... a delight for the taste buds but sheer hell for the stomach!  For better digestion, consider a detox routine of 2 weeks.  Many medicinal plants have a beneficial effect on the digestive system. Discover our Nutrilign Detox to restore a feeling of comfort and well-being.

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