Post on: July 30, 2019.
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Between the barbecues, beverages and birthday cakes, our summer diets can leave our digestion in various states of unhappiness. Keep reading for solutions to help you enjoy summer with this Summer Digestion Survival Guide.
Your Summer Digestion Survival Guide
No matter what type of vacation your summer diet takes, you can keep your tummy happy with help from these natural remedies.
How can I improve my digestion in the summer?
Even when we are outdoors, passing gas can be an embarrassing and stinky affair. Chlorophyll can be used as an internal deodorizer. Achieving digestive health means having a healthy microflora. Probiotic supplements can help you find a favourable gut flora. Probiotics can also be found in fermented foods, like sauerkraut you love to pile onto your summer sausage.
Indulging in rich and delicious foods is a delight for our tongues but can cause pain in our guts. To help breakdown rich foods digestive enzyme supplements can help. Keep them handy in your summer travel kit – you never know what might be served at the cottage this weekend. Ginger, dandelion and peppermint are foods that support digestion, according to a 2012 review by the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association.
Constipation in Summer
Keeping things moving in your lower intestinal tract can sometimes be a challenge. Constipation can be a backlog in your fun! (Oh, the potty humour). Aloe vera juice has been taken orally as an herbal medicine to promote bowel movements. Consuming more water and fiber can lead to happier moments on the porcelain throne. Whole vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and grains, as well as hemp hearts or psyllium supplements are great sources of fiber. A review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,points out that Bifidobacterium probiotics increase the number of weekly bowel movements and helped soften stools making them easier to pass.
Stoking up the grill is a sure sign summer is in full swing. But, eating grilled foods has been linked with digestive health concerns, including colon cancer. We are best to pair that grilled meat with veggies, says British researchers. They found people who ate lots of flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables (berries, citrus, broccoli, kale, apples and grapes) were less harmed by heterocyclic amines that can form on barbequed meats.
Finnish researchers calculated we should eat 200g or grilled vegetables of salad for every 100 grams of red or processed meat we eat. This may help counteract the linear association between how much red and processed meat we eat and the risk of intestinal cancer. Here’s more healthy BBQ ideas.
The sun may not the only thing giving your body a burning sensation. To help relieve heartburn symptoms Amla has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic Medicine. Sometimes heartburn is caused by Helicobater pylori. Probiotics may be able to reduce H. pylori, according to a 2015 study in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences.
When it’s hot in the summer it is easy to become dehydrated. The digestive system suffers when you’re dehydrated. Water, coconut water, natural juices and sugar-free spritzers – there are so many delicious ways to drink up!
From barbeques to birthday parties, may your summer be filled with bright moments, delicious food and a blissful belly.