Happy Holidays, Happy Gut: Tips + Supplements for Better Digestive Health

Tis the season to be jolly, and with holiday fun comes an abundance of treats. I love eggnog, gingerbread, and Christmas dinner as much as the next person… but what I don’t love is the digestive symptoms that usually follow the feast. We’ve all been there: painful bloating, gas, and tummy troubles galore. You feel like garbage and promise to stop eating sugar as soon as the clock strikes 12 on NYE. What if I told you it didn’t have to be this way? You can enjoy the holidays, eat well, and keep your gut happy all at the same time! 

In this blog, I’m sharing 3 of my favorite supplements to help you get through the holiday season with better digestion. 

But first things first, here are a few general tips to help you set yourself up for digestive success this holiday.  Remember, supplements can HELP alleviate some of the internal chaos caused by Christmas cookies and candies but we want to try to minimize the damage done in the first place. Here’s how:

3 Tips for Better Digestive Health During the Holidays

Look up paleo or Whole 30 versions of your favorite dishes if you’re the one cooking.

These style recipes focus on whole foods like fruits, veggies, meats, nuts, and seeds. It eliminates things like grains, dairy, and sugar that can irritate the gut and cause bloating, gas, and constipation. I promise your dinner guests will love it just as much! Healthy food doesn’t have to bland or tasteless. 

Wondering what Paleo is?

It’s a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era – when our ancient ancestors roamed the earth! Paleo supports a happy gut against chronic illness by mimicking the diets that we have evolved to enjoy. A paleo diet is rich in lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and tends to exclude processed foods, grains, legumes, dairy products, and refined sugars.

What about Whole 30?

Whole30 is a 30-day dietary program designed to reset your body. It works by eliminating potentially inflammatory foods and focusing on whole, unprocessed foods. It’s basically a nutritional reset an unhealthy gut or body. It involves eliminating added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, processed additives, and processed foods for 30-days. After 30-days, you can slowly add food back in, closely noticing your gut and body’s reaction to discover any hidden allergies or intolerances.

Whether or not you dive into Whole30 or Paleo permanently, you can find amazing recipes that can help guard against bloating and discomfort during the giant dish sessions of the holidays. The Food Network has a great roundup of Paleo Christmas dinner ideas.

Eat your own food at home before the holiday fun begins.

If you have plans that you know will be full of sugary, processed, treats and tons of alcohol, eat something healthy at home before you go. This will help you avoid overindulging and encourage you to be more mindful about what you say yes to. You are the master of your own happy gut! Check out our recipes for “Get Well” Ginger Soup and Breakfast Soup!

Bring your own happy gut dishes to share!

Find some recipes that align with your eating style and whip them up to share with friends and family. Sharing is caring. 

Beyond lifestyle suggestions like the ones above, I also recommend taking supplements to support your digestive health even more! Below, I’ve narrowed it down to my top three picks. Keep reading to learn what they are and how they can help you.

Three woman indulge in cupcake delights. Hope they took their supplements for a happy gut!

My Top 3 Digestive Supplements For a Happy Gut

Zypan

Zypan is a supplement that combines hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) and enzymes to help break down food. These are an essential part of your digestion! 

We often think about food traveling through the intestines, but the whole process of digestion actually starts in our mouths. There are enzymes in our saliva that breakdown carbs and if you don’t chew your food enough you aren’t chemically OR physically breaking it down with your teeth which means the other digestive organs have to work even harder <cue bloating, indigestion, etc>.

Similarly, many folks don’t have enough stomach acid or enzymes in their stomach to properly break down food in an efficient and timely manner. That’s where the power of Zypan comes in. It’s a great supplement to take over the holidays especially if you know you’ll be eating meals where you need a little extra firepower to break things down.

I also recommend it if you’re traveling abroad – it can help kill any critters that might be lurking in that street meat because bacteria and parasites don’t like acidic environments. 

For best results, you can start by taking two pills 10-15 minutes before each meal.  If you forget to take them before the meal you can still take them after but it’s not quite as effective. 

Glutenflam

If you’re sensitive to gluten, this supplement is a must-have! It doesn’t completely negate the effects of gluten, but it does help to reduce the inflammatory effects of it. 

Although you can ask for gluten-free dishes at restaurants, food can still be cross-contaminated. And if you’ve got an aunt or grandma who insists you eat one of her famous shortbread cookies… this supplement will essentially soften the blow.

Leaky Gut Revive by Amy Meyers

My final supplement recommendation is Leaky Gut Revive. It has all-star ingredients like marshmallow root, aloe, deglycyrrhizinated licorice, and slippery elm to soothe your irritated gut lining and treat symptoms of leaky gut.

Leaky gut is when the lining of your intestines gets inflamed and starts allowing things into the bloodstream that shouldn’t be there (like toxins, large food particles, and bacteria). We can get leaky gut from eating things like seed oils, gluten, processed foods, sugar, and other foods that may irritate the lining. 

This product is kind of like putting aloe on a sunburn! It soothes and heals those tissues, allowing them to repair and become tight again. This will help prevent the gut from letting things “leak” into the bloodstream that shouldn’t be there.

You can find all of the supplements above in my online pharmacy at Fullscripts here.  Not only are these a staple for the holidays, they also live in my medicine cabinet year-round. 

 

Happy Gut, Happy Life: Beyond The Holidays and Into Long-Term Healing

At the end of the day, there’s no “quick fix” for digestive issues. These supplements can help a ton, especially over the holidays! But the most impactful changes happen when you dig a little deeper.

I recently launched my Jumpstart Your Health bundle, a digital product that teaches you over 80 science-backed tips to totally transform your life. Your habits surrounding nutrition, sleep, stress, movement, and detoxing can all have a massive impact on your gut health. With the help of this 5-week program, you can set a solid foundation for the future! 

I also offer functional medicine appointments where we’ll take a closer look at exactly what could be causing your symptoms. My patients have received targeted support for constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and the like. Book a functional medicine consultation to start your own journey today!

Client sitting down with Kacie from Flora Fauna Wellness