When eating rich meals, heavy in fats and sugars, think of adding the flavor bitter in the mix. The flavor bitter helps to begin the digestion process by stimulating appetite and triggering the release of digestive enzymes. Mixed green salads are a great way to bring bitters to a meal; think of adding raddicchio, arugula, endive, parsley, or fennel bulb.
After eating a huge holiday meal, take the time to go for a 10-20 minute stroll around the neighborhood. The act of walking helps to move blood flow through the pelvis & abdomen, moving along digestion. It may seem counter-intuitive to move after eating, but give it a try and discover for yourself.
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES & CHARCOAL
Holiday meals are full of unknown ingredients, surprise allergens, and simple overload of food. When gas, bloating, cramping, and general feelings of distress arise, consider trying digestive enzymes and activated charcoal to help ease the discomfort.
Heartburn is often an unfortunate aftermath of holiday meals, after eating such large amounts and eating trigger foods. For the occasional symptom of heart burn, easing the pain with DGL (deglycyrrihizanted licorice) is a natural treatment alternative to Tums, PPI's, Alka-Seltzer and the like. This safe herbal product comes in chocolate or vanilla flavored chewable wafers!
Many familiar herbal teas are fantastic at helping ease digestive woes and promoting healthy digestion generally. Classic carminative herbs that help relieve gas and bloating, while also calming the nerves include chamomile, mint, fennel, ginger, orange peel, cinnamon, tulsi basil.