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Blissful Christmas Tummy Survival Guide 2021

Avoid worrying about tummy troubles this year!

During Christmas and New Year, the abundance of food and alcohol may convert your joyous time into a very stressful one, affecting your tummy health especially if you’re not aware of the basics of the holiday survival guide.

In this Christmas tummy survival guide, we’ll discuss some common Christmas tummy issues and how to avoid them naturally. You can also use it as a Malta gut health guide this Christmas. So, let’s get started.

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Table of contents:

  • Holiday survival guide: why is it important?
  • Common Christmas tummy issues (jingle bowels)
  • Heartburn
  • Wind or bloating
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Constipation
  • Food poisoning
  • Final words


Holiday survival guide: why is it important?

Studies have found that around two-third populations suffer from a wide range of stomach issues, commonly known as Jingle bowels, in festive seasons such as Christmas due to a toxic combination of rich food, stress, and excess booze. 

According to Dr. Nick Read, Medical Advisor for The IBS Network and former university chairs holder in Gastrointestinal Physiology, Human Nutrition, and Integrated Medicine at the University of Sheffield 

“The festive season puts a huge strain on our digestive system, and when you combine the high stress levels at this time of year with excess consumption it’s recipe for tummy trouble”     


Common Christmas tummy issues (jingle bowels) and how to avoid them naturally

Over-indulgence is natural during festive seasons and often causes “jingle bowels”, a range of tummy troubles, that may include heartburn, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and food poisoning among others. These jingle bowels may wreck your Christmas enjoyment and you may find yourself stuck in your home.

Here’s a gut health guide to stop your over-indulgence wrecking your joy of Christmas.



What is it?

It’s a backflow of excess stomach acid that reaches up to the oesophagus and causes an unpleasant burning sensation and bitter taste.

As per a report of the National Obesity Forum, people eat up to 4 times more than usual at Christmas. If someone is prone to this condition, rich food and booze may exacerbate it.


How to avoid heartburn

Avoiding alcohol and large portions can help a lot. Also avoiding late-night eating helps prevent heartburn.

Besides, sitting quietly for 15 to 30 mins after each meal can help you improve your digestion. You can consider taking the support of an extra pillow while sleeping to control the backflow of stomach acid.

Try a natural digestive enzyme supplement that will help you break down food molecules and aid digestion.  


Check out our Essential Digestive Plus 90 Capsules here.


Wind or bloating

What is it?

It’s an uneasy feeling of bloated with wind after an eating episode.

Foods that contain excess sugar, yeast, or alcohol may trigger this issue as these are difficult to digest and often cause gas-producing fermentation into the stomach.


How to avoid wind or bloating

Be alert of foods that make you uncomfortable and avoid them. Avoiding fizzy drinks is also a great practice.

Try a probiotic supplement that contains healthy stomach bacteria such as Symprove Probiotic. It can boost your digestion and ease bloating.


Check out our Symprove Probiotic Original 500 Ml

or our other probiotics available here



Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS

What is it?

It’s a tummy condition in which you may experience an alternating turn of constipation and diarrhea with disrupting cramps and bloating.

Research has found that rich foods in a combination with stress increase the risk of developing IBS.


How to avoid IBS

Supplementing with “friendly” bacteria containing probiotics may help. Ashwagandha supplement is also helpful for relieving stress as well as aiding digestion.

Powerful antioxidants rich in vitamin C such as Camucamu powder may help fight harmful microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi and improve immunity. Antispasmodic agents like peppermint may help in reducing abdominal cramps. 

Since the symptoms of IBS differ from person to person and require personalized treatment protocol, it’s recommended to consult with a licensed natural medicine professional so that he or she can assess your issue and develop a personalized plan for you.


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Also check out our Organic Ashwagandha 500 Mg 



What is It?

In this tummy condition, you may experience difficulty emptying bowels or not feeling any urge for several days.

Excessive stodgy foods, lack of fiber intake, lack of physical activities, and not getting adequate water or fluids may lead to constipation.


How to avoid constipation

It’s all about taking enough fibers and fluids. Consume plenty of water and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Instead of spending the whole day sitting in front of the TV, try to keep moving with at least a 30-minutes daily walk or physical exercise.

You can consider taking a natural colon cleanser like Oxy-Powder that will help you relieve gas, bloating, and constipation healthy way.


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Food Poisoning

What is it?

It’s a serious condition that is characterised by unbearable stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhoea often caused by taking foods contaminated with pathogens such as salmonella or campylobacter.

According to reviews of the Food Standard Agency, December holds the highest records of food poisoning.

Major causes of food poisoning include buffet food, poorly stored leftovers, and most importantly improperly cooked meats.


How to avoid food poisoning

To avoid food poisoning, cut down the thick parts of the meats and allow enough cooking time to destroy any contaminated germs with high temperatures. Avoid keeping foods outside a refrigerator for more than an hour and try to use leftovers within two days.

In food poisoning, it’s essential to keep hydrated. Consider taking rehydration sachets or plenty of water with some salt and sugar.

You can consider trying natural electrolyte supplements such as Totum Sport to ensure faster recovery by increasing hydration and reducing cramps and fatigue. If symptoms are quite severe, always seek professional help from a qualified naturopathic doctor or healthcare professional. 

Should you get food poisoning you can also take activated charcoal as this may help reduce gastrointestinal damage as well as help to be able to prevent bacteria and drugs that can cause diarrhoea from being absorbed into the body by trapping them on its porous, textured surface.


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Check out Activated Charcoal Capsules



Final words

These are some common tummy troubles of festive seasons, but not limited to, you may face many other symptoms due to over-indulgence. Therefore, try to follow a “prevention is better than cure” manner during this Christmas to avoid any kind of unwanted situations. Take control of your over-indulgence and get supports from harmless natural supplements to enjoy your days.


Disclaimer – This article contains generic information for awareness purpose, hence, cannot be treated as a substitute of a prescribed medical treatment.