With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will be enjoying time with loved ones, sharing the bounty of Mother Earth across tables and plates of desserts. Too much of a good thing though, and we tax our digestive systems, resulting in everything from mild discomfort to issues that can seriously damage our holiday cheer. Follow these seven tips, and you’ll have smooth sailing through the holiday season.
Modern science has revealed countless ways that mood affects digestion. Experts now know stress is a major contributor to irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn and indigestion. Even common phrases like “gut feeling” and butterflies in the stomach” point to this wisdom. There are many ways to manage stress, but one of the simplest and most effective is mindfulness meditation. Even five minutes a day can have profound effects on stress levels.
Do this: Practice mindfulness meditation for 5 minutes, twice a day. You can access ORGANIC INDIA’s library of guided meditation here.
Perhaps the single most important supplement to take for colon health is Triphala. This blend of three fruits promotes deep digestive wellness and keeps the colon clean and flowing. Triphala is non-habit forming.
Do this: Take 2 capsules of Triphala right before bed to optimize its cleansing actions, or 2 capsules upon waking to optimize its strengthening and toning actions.
Psyllium can support the colon in many ways, not the least of which is to provide the fiber that forms the bulk of feces. Psyllium can also provide a second type of fiber that the right intestinal flora can convert into butyrate.
Do this: Thoroughly mix a tablespoon of Psyllium in a tall glass of warm water, drink it quickly, and then chase that with another large glass of warm water.
Bael (Aegle marmelos) excels at promoting smoothly functioning bowels, and helps to remove toxins and waste. It has been used in India for thousands of years and is considered a sacred plant.
Do this: Take ORGANIC INDIA Bowelcare Formula at night.
Key to digestion is flow, and water is the best thing you can do to ensure healthy digestion.
Do this: Quantity varies according to climate and activity, and you can drink too much, but consciously drinking 3-4 tall glasses of water a day is going to be great for you. You’ll know you’re drinking enough water when your urine is clear and copious.
There is nothing better than what a western trainer may call “stomach whips” and what yoga calls agnisarah.
Do this: 10 sets of 20 on an empty stomach, bladder, colon and lungs.