The season is upon us. Not quite the holiday season yet, but the season of slowing down — when daylight hours are shorter, the weather is cooler, and we find ourselves being drawn more to carbs and other comfort foods along with a more sedentary lifestyle. Studies say we tend to consume an average of 86 more calories per day in the fall, as compared with the spring.
Ultimately, when we’re eating more and moving less, it can be hard on our digestive systems. Here are some tips to help you keep your GI tract intact:
- Fill up on lean proteins, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Healthy proteins play a crucial role in balancing blood sugar and preventing digestive upset.
- Eat a healthy snack. Eat a high-protein, high-fiber snack between meals. Healthy snacking will fuel your body’s heat mechanism, helping you stay warmer and crave fewer carbs. Just remember, if you skip meals and go straight for the snacks, especially the sweet stuff, you are more likely to overeat and experience digestive issues.
- Stay hydrated. Even though you probably won’t be sweating it out so much at this time of year, it’s still important to drink plenty of water. Drinking a glass of water about 15 minutes before each meal will get your digestive juices flowing and help your food settle.
- Continue to exercise. Not only does exercise burn calories, it also affects brain chemicals linked to appetite, so it can help you control how much you eat. Taking a short walk at a slow pace after a meal can stimulate digestion and reduce bloating. However, don’t overdo it. Heavy exercise after a large meal slows down the digestive process and can lead to heartburn and GI discomfort.
While we may all start out with the best of intentions for sticking with a plan like the one above, there will likely be times when you just know you’re going to eat too much or make some unhealthy food choices. In that case, taking digestive enzymes before you eat can aid your body in the digestion process and help keep you from developing gut-related issues.
We recommend Univera’s EnzyDigest® — a comprehensive multi-enzyme formula that supports the digestive process and relieves symptoms normally associated with poor digestion.*