During Easter family festivities, we often have a heavy chocolate intake and often too rich meals that weigh down digestion and nibble our energy. To recover as soon as possible after the excesses of Easter and resume the path of a more digestible diet, here are our 5 tips to ease indigestion.
In times of excess, the digestive organs are overwhelmed and digestion can be complicated. When the belly is well filled, we want to give in to the call of the office chair or the sofa as soon as the meal is over. But sitting does not help digestion. So to help our digestive system, opt for a bike ride, or even a walk of 10 minutes in the neighborhood.
Best of all, active walking reduces insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels and responsible for our diet and other cravings.
2. Select light meals
In addition to hearty meals, chocolates rich in cocoa butter such as milk or white chocolates give your digestion a hard time. To avoid overloading the digestive tract, opt for light dinners to allow the body to focus on other functions that help digestion during sleep, which is supposed to slow down by 50%.
Avoid too heavy meals with foods rich in gluten (pasta, wheat flour, bread), too much protein (dairy products and meat), fried foods. Opt for fish or eggs, which are less rich in fats, vegetables and milk products based on vegetable milk.
3. Lemon, asparagus, radish, detox allies
Some foods help digestion and help revive the body. Low caloric, they are not only used to slim the figure after excesses but to reboost our body. Lemon and black radish stimulate the functions of the liver and gallbladder. Cumin, ginger, fennel or mint have anti-inflammatory and digestive properties.
4. Water and herbal teas
Proper hydration allows emunctory organs such as the liver or kidneys to eliminate toxins. In addition, when the body is dehydrated, it retains body fluids. This can cause bloating, gastric reflux and constipation. To feel lighter, drink water and draining herbal teas with plants such as fennel, dandelion or cherry tail. A birch sap cure may also be appropriate after a period of overeating.
5. Massage yourself
To relieve stress, relax the body, stimulate the digestive system, relieve constipation and tone the abdominal muscles – abdominal massage has so many benefits that it would be wrong to deprive yourself! Practice a massage two hours after a meal and after having emptied the bladder.
Massage gently but firmly with your fingers to relax the abdomen. Then make circular movements in a clockwise direction with the palms of your hands. Start at the left side of the waist, go up under the rib cage and down to the right side of the waist. This massage is ideal before bedtime.