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Dealing with Digestion Issues during the Holidays

We can all agree that the holidays bring yummy things to eat and drink and often we overindulge on these once a year treats.  Sometimes our stomachs cannot handle these treats and we can experience bloating, heartburn indigestion, nausea,  and diarrhea.  Here are a few natural remedies and traditional Chinese medicine which can bring relief and help us feel better so we can enjoy the celebrations of the season.

Weak digestion is usually due to deficiency of qi or yang in the spleen, which is the main organ of digestion in TCM.  In addition, weak digestion can also be due to dampness caused from over consumption of sweets. Maintaining good digestion is important for overall health, however stress and diet can strain our digestive systems.  It is recommended to eat warm food which is the perfect temperature for our digestion system, in addition eating in moderation is helpful for avoiding food stagnation.  Avoid eating too much fried food, spicy food, dairy, and alcohol as this will just aggravate digestive function and cause discomfort.

Overeating and some food combinations can cause digestion issues, this is known as food stagnation in TCM, a way to relief this is to move the qi in the stomach and stimulate digestion.  Curing formula is a good choice for helping with this.  Another cause of indigestion is eating while under stress, which causes the liver to be affected.  Soothing the liver and stimulating digestion is important, a good formula for this is Shu Gan Wan. 

Natural ways to help digestion include reducing foods that can cause gas, such as beans, cabbage, and broccoli.  Increasing fiber intake can help avoid bloating, high fiber foods like berries, prunes, and dried apricots can help. Drinking lots of water can help flush out toxins and aid in digestion. 

Some natural herbal remedies include aloe vera juice, peppermint, licorice, slippery elm, chamomile, and fennel seeds. Triphala is an ayurvedic remedy which can be used for diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion.  For heartburn, Pure Encapsulations Heartburn Essentials is a good choice for relieving heartburn and contains an herbal formula including deglycyrrhizinated licorice, marshmallow root, slippery elm, artichoke, and turmeric.  

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