​Tips To Calm Our Gut After a Big Meal

Uh oh! We’ve overdone it at the table. It happens to the best of us, especially during the holidays or at big celebration meals. I keep a few things handy for quick relief (or prevention) of the occasional too heavy meal. My three go-to products are Natural Digestive Enzymes, which feature protease, amylase, and lipase to break down proteins, carbs, and fats; Serrapeptase, a powerful proteolytic enzyme that breaks proteins into their useful components if taken at mealtime; and L-Glutamine powder, the primary fuel for the cells that line the small intestine (where digestion takes place). 
 
When anticipating a big meal, we should keep our Natural Digestive Enzymes handy. They come in a convenient Grab + Go Pack, so they're easy to take along. I take them (and pass them around the table) midway through the meal. They're okay to take up to 30 minutes after a large meal too.

Serrapeptase is something I reach for if the meal features a lot of protein like Thanksgiving turkey, a Brazilian steakhouse, or a football gathering and grilling event. L-Glutamine powder is great if we have occasional burning after or between meals. A teaspoon of L-Glutamine powder in a small glass of water can bring quick relief. Ginger can also be helpful. Its good pickled or crystallized. Ginger is a natural proteolytic enzyme that supports digestion. It's also great for motion sickness if we're driving, flying, cruising, or sailing. 
 
Finally, taking a walk is another great way to support digestion after a meal. Instead of falling onto the couch, get up, stretch, and head outside for a nice after meal stroll. Although light walking at any time is good for our health, a short walk within 60 to 90 minutes of eating a meal can be especially useful in minimizing blood sugar spikes, as that is when blood sugar levels tend to peak. Walking for even a few minutes is far better than sitting because light walking requires more active engagement of muscles than staying put and uses the fuel from food at a time when there is a lot of it circulating in the bloodstream.
 
The holidays are coming, and food celebrations happen throughout the year. A little planning and a light walk can help us feel better.