Who doesn’t love a good holiday feast? But the downside of that can be an upset stomach or heart burn from too much rich food. Here are some suggestions for how to deal with overindulgence without having to resort to conventional remedies like Alka-Seltzer or Pepto Bismol.
Keep Your Gut Healthy
Maintaining a healthy level of beneficial intestinal bacteria will help with digestion and boost your immune system. Nearly everyone can benefit from taking a probiotic supplement. Other great ways to ensure a regular supply of friendly bacteria is to drink kombucha or kefir, or enjoy fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut or kimchi. Or try some bottled kvass, a traditional fermented Russian beverage, available in the cooler by the kombuchas. We also stock a nice variety of probiotics in our Wellness department.
The Beauty of Bitter
Bitters stimulate saliva, which in turn stimulates digestive enzymes. Oryana carries organic herbal bitters from Urban Moonshine to take as a tonic pre- or post-meal. Find bitters in the Wellness department.
Eating bitter foods also accomplishes the same thing. Begin a meal with bitter greens such as arugula or kale and get your digestive juices off to a good start.
Ginger tea is a tasty yet soothing choice to ease stomach upset. Chamomile tea can also relieve indigestion. Try manuka honey as a remedy for stomach upset and heartburn. It boosts flora levels and restores the stomach’s acid balance. You can find manuka honey in the Wellness department. Raw apple cider vinegar is another good option.