November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for all you have and to celebrate family and the company of friends. Of course, we should be grateful for every day, but Thanksgiving offers an opportunity to share our gratitude with others – and enjoy a bountiful meal at the same time. Ah, the taste of freshly-carved turkey and rich gravy, mashed potatoes, dressing and a touch of tart from the cranberries! It’s a meal to remember long after the dishes have been washed and put away. Of course, you want those memories to be pleasant ones, not marred by digestive upset from overeating.
One think to be thankful for this time of year is your digestive system, especially the punishment it undertakes on Thanksgiving Day! Chances are you’ll eat a bit more than you planned. Then you’ll depend on your digestive tract to process that food so the nutrients can enter your blood stream and nourish every cell in your body. It’s a big job with lots of steps and everything has to go just right. If it doesn’t, you could end up with after-Thanksgiving heartburn, indigestion or embarrassing gas.
Thanksgiving places additional stress on your digestive tract. Think about all of the fat – the butter in the mashed potatoes, turkey gravy and pecan pie. Fat slows down digestion and contributes to that “too full” feeling most people have after the Thanksgiving meal (read last weeks article for some tips on creating a healthier Thanksgiving plate).
Thankfully, we have beneficial bacteria to help things along – friendly bacteria called probiotics that help to restore balance after a hardy meal. They promote nutrient absorption and healthy bowel function while enhancing gut immunity. Most importantly, they maintain digestive balance. That’s important after a calorie-indulgent meal.
Most of us take digestive health for granted. We assume our digestive tract will do its job, but there’s a lot we can do to help it along and keep it healthy so when you overindulge a little it can handle the overload. After all, it’s hard to resist indulging in a little pumpkin or pecan pie. Enjoy that piece of pie, but give your digestive system a little probiotic support this Thanksgiving. Natren Digesta-Lac is great for extra support. Better still, a daily supplement of Healthy Trinity will help keep your gut health in check.
The company of friends and family, a healthy, efficient digestive tract and the support of friendly bacteria called probiotics – these are all things to be thankful. Don’t take them for granted. Here’s hoping the Thanksgiving holiday is a pleasant one for you and your family.
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