The Christmas meal weekend approaches and the biggest fear in everyone's mind is:
How will I get through Christmas dinner without undoing my pant button & letting out a very smelly toot or blocking the guest toilet?
Because inevitably, there's always someone in the gathering who anonymously releases their special scent into the room or leaves to go to the powder room for an unusually long time. And the problem really is there's not always a baby or a dog to sit next to and blame.
Aren't Christmas holidays the best? YES THEY ARE!!! And lucky for you, this three-step plan is is going to help keep you smelling like roses throughout the holiday season.
STEP 1: DRINK LEMON WATER FIRST THING IN THE MORNING AND BEFORE YOUR MEALS
By the time we turn 40, our body produces less than half the stomach acid it did when we were teenagers. That is not good news for digestion because less stomach acid means slower digestion. Slower digestion means more chance of food putrefying in the gut, which leads to smelly toots and poops. NOT GOOD. Drinking a glass of water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon stimulates the production of stomach acid and the bitter from the lemon, helps your liver push out bile to emulsify the fats in the food and further improve digestion.
STEP 2: TAKE A DIGESTIVE ENZYME WITH YOUR RICH HOLIDAY MEALS
If I know I'm going out for a big heavy lunch or dinner, I make sure to take a little digestive enzyme pill with me and pop it in during my meal. As we age and our digestive fire decreases, we need a little help with extra rich foods. Digestive enzymes supplement those your body naturally produces so that you can digest and absorb your food better and more efficiently.
STEP 3: TRADE THE COFFEE FOR A FRESH GINGER CINNAMON TEA
If ever you needed another reason to cut coffee out of your life - let me tell you, that coffee is a massive contributor of stinky toots & poops. It halts digestions so that your food just festers in the gut. Instead of coffee, why not offer your guests a beautifully scented ginger-cinnamon tea to aid digestion, reduce flatulence and lower inflammation in the body.
TOOT-FREE GINGER-CINNAMON TEA
- 1 knob of ginger about the length of your index finger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4-6 cups of freshly boiled water
Put the ginger and cinnamon in a teapot and pour over the freshly boiled water. Cover with lid and let steep for 10-15 min. Serve with some lemon wedges.
These three steps together with a daily dose of fibre to help boost gut motility and keep you regular will help keep your festive home free of unwanted odours this Christmas.
This is Thrive's last post before Christmas and I'd like to take this chance to thank all of you for reading my blog, for liking mu posts, sharing them and giving me encouragement and feedback. I love this little community and wish you all a wonderful Christmas. See you again before New Year!
Cristina Tahoces is a holistic nutritionist and owner of Thrive Nutrition Practice.
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