Ah, the holidays are here! Yay, this means yummy food and lovely get togethers with people we haven’t seen for a while! It means sharing presents and sharing love. And it also means potential holiday bloating.

Holiday bloating is often caused by continual eating without a gap for digestion. This disturbs the digestive fire which, after prolonged eating, no longer knows when to start or stop. Digestion then becomes irregular and a build up of air or backed up vata dosha accumulates in the belly. As a result of that, the kapha nature is instigated. You either want to fall asleep or eat even more in an attempt to find balance and a state of ease.

Here’s three of my favorite ways to handle holiday bloating, so your digestion can happen with ease.

1. Go for a Stroll After You Eat

Exercise is very important at this time of year so take time to go for a nice invigorating walk after supper.  It doesn’t need to be a long walk. Fifteen or twenty minutes will go a long way to help you feel lighter, burn calories and inspire your digestive system to stay active.

2. Polish the Diamond

The yogasana – Vajrasana – the diamond pose is one of my absolute favorite ways to combat bloating, indigestion and constipation.  Sitting in this pose for ten to fifteen minutes after a meal does wonders for digestion. It is also great for stretching, strengthening and improving the flexibility of the hip, knees and ankle joints!

3 Easy Ways To Beat Holiday Bloating

3.  Spice it Up

3 Easy Ways To Beat Holiday BloatingThere are many very helpful ways to use spices to aid in easing bloating, indigestion and low energy.  Below is a little recipe I keep on hand that can be added to boiling water to make chai, sprinkled on your morning oatmeal or munched on after meals.

4 cloves
1 stick of cinnamon
1 tsp of fennel seed
4 cardamon pods
1/4 tsp of dry ginger

Grind the ingredients together and keep the powder in a glass jar.  You can double or triple this recipe to keep more on hand but it truly is better the fresher it is.

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