Love your Gut: 5 ways to heal your gut post-Christmas…

December 05 2013

DorotaChristmas is a time for celebration and relaxation, spending time with family and we are all prone to overindulging in food and drink, and under indulging in sleep and relaxation! If you find yourself overeating and struggling with digestion post (or even pre) Christmas don’t panic. Dorota Trupp, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Co-founder of Trupp Cooking School has five tips that will help you get your digestion back on track. 

Familiarise yourself with at least one probiotic-rich fermented food and learn how to prepare it. You can choose from kombucha tea, yoghurt, milk kefir (fermented milk), water kefir (fermented water), coconut kefir (fermented coconut milk) or sauerkraut. Have it daily.

Include vegetable juices in your daily diet. These are wonderful for your liver function and they speed up detoxification. They are also packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. Vegetable juices can help fix your digestion and also assist with weight loss.

Go off grains, dairy foods and starchy foods for a few days. When we have an upset tummy, inflamed intestines, diarrhoea or constipation it’s a sign that our bodies need time to rebalance themselves. Grains and dairy are hard for a compromised digestive system to process which is why it’s wise to avoid these foods while the healing process takes place. Instead, eat plenty of soup, meat and fish, and swap alcohol for your probiotic drinks and vegetable juices.

Swap coffee for dandelion tea, as coffee can further upset your digestion. Dandelion tea rejuvenates the liver and supports kidney function. In short, it’s a wonderful tea that aids digestion.

Get adequate rest. Having at least eight hours of sleep a night will allow your body to regenerate and heal itself.

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