Patients often voice concerns navigating nutrition over the holidays, special occasions and during vacations as it relates to a general sense of well-being, digestive health and weight management. Holiday parties, special get-togethers and travel often lead to consumption of foods outside of typical daily dietary habits. Sweet-treats and extra savory dishes can lead to emotional eating and a multitude of digestive symptoms including reflux, gas and bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea and weight gain.
Here are my tips for aiding weight digestion during times when you are eating outside of your normal routine! Please remember, however, that this is not intended to be medical advice and to consult your physician before implanting any changes you may be considering.
If your digestion is impaired by consumption of foods that are not typically in your daily diet, digestive enzymes can support proper digestion of foods.
Gut health is linked to so many aspects of our overall health. Research shows that there is a correlation between imbalanced gut bacteria and many psychological conditions (like anxiety and depression), inflammatory and autoimmune conditions (including but not limited to Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis) If you are experiencing persistent symptoms of gas, bloating, reflux, loose stool, constipation, have an autoimmune disease or inflammatory disease or perhaps persistent elevated inflammatory markers on blood work, make an appointment to further asses factors that might be contributing to these symptoms.
Happy holidays to all!
Angela Karvounides, ND