Holiday & Winter Digestion

As the holiday season continues to unfold, many of us find ourselves surrounded by hearty meals and indulgent treats. While this time of year is synonymous with joy and celebration, it can also bring about challenges for our digestive system. 

Proper digestion is a cornerstone of overall well-being, and understanding its importance, especially during the winter season, is essential for maintaining optimal health.

Let’s get smarter about digestion SNAFUs— prevention and, when you over-do, cures.



The foundation of well-being, digestion is a complex process that begins the moment we take the first bite. The food we consume undergoes a series of intricate steps, from chewing and swallowing to absorption and elimination. This process is orchestrated by the digestive system, a network of organs and enzymes working in harmony to extract nutrients and energy from the food we eat.

Proper digestion goes beyond just breaking down food. It plays a crucial role in supporting various bodily functions, including immune system health, nutrient absorption, and even mental well-being. When digestion is efficient, the body is better equipped to extract the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to function optimally.



Holidays or not, nurturing your gut is a crucial role in proper digestion, especially in the winter season. But first let’s identify common digestive issues and their seasonal impact:

  1. Indulgent Eating Habits The abundance of holiday feasts and rich, indulgent foods can overwhelm, the digestive system, causing discomfort, bloating, and indigestion. 

  2. Sluggish Digestion Cold weather often leads to decreased physical activity, contributing to a sluggish digestive system. Lack of movement can slow down the digestive process, and impact emotional and physical sluggishness.

  3. Seasonal Stress The holiday season can bring both joy and stress. Increased stress levels can negatively impact digestion, leading to issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and acid-reflux.

  4. Hydration Challenges The colder weather may reduce our inclination to drink an adequate amount of water. Dehydration can lead to constipation and hinder the fluid balance necessary for proper digestion.

  5. Seasonal Ingredients Paying attention to how your body reacts to different foods can help you make informed dietary choices. For example, winter brings root vegetables and hearty stews— these can be nutritious, but they may also pose challenges for some individuals, causing issues like gas or bloating.



By adopting mindful eating habits, staying active, and making informed dietary choices, we can nurture our gut health and pave the way for overall well-being. 

As the winter season unfolds, let us not only revel in the joy of festivities but also prioritize the health of our digestive system. Following are tips for supporting digestive health in winter

  1. Mindful Eating Savor the flavors of your meals, and when serving yourself, a good plan is to take smaller portions + multiple trips. Eating slowly also allows your body to signal when it's full, preventing overeating and digestive issues like bloating, indigestion and discomfort. Supplementing with array of complex nutrients and digestive enzymes like those found in Longevity Mushrooms contributes to your overall health, digestion and immune support function. 

  2. Stay Active Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine to stimulate digestion and promote overall well-being. Walk the dog longer, bundle up and explore your town on foot, or find a weight resistance YouTube video that suits you, where you are.

  3. Hydration is Key Ensure you stay adequately hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Herbal teas can also contribute to your fluid intake, as well as supplementing beneficial minerals. Quinton Hypertonic is 100% seawater, offering the minerals needed to help cell renewal and contribute to normal muscle and digestive functions. 

  4. Balanced Diet Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, ferments, and lean proteins in your winter diet to provide essential nutrients and support digestive health.

  5. Probiotics Consider incorporating probiotic-rich foods like yogurt or taking a professional-grade supplement to promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria. In addition to diet, we have found regular use of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Capsules delivers results, by combining ancient Japanese fermentation techniques with modern technology.

  6. Abdominal Massage By taking time and care to gently release and reset the center of the body, abdominal massage rejuvenates the major organs, nerves, lower back, spine, and digestive system, and frees tension patterns around the entire body. We recommend starting with a professional Abdominal Massage Treatment, and then keeping up with it at home
Remember, a happy gut is a key ingredient in the recipe for a healthy and vibrant life!