By Erin Stokes, ND
The holiday season is the time of year when many of our patients overindulge and eat a wide array of foods not normally part of their diet. As physicians, it’s important to realize that during this time of feasting and festivities, people will stray from their typical eating routines to a “holiday style” of eating. Skipping meals combined with rich holiday foods can invariably lead to the common holiday seasonal complaints of gas, bloating and constipation.
It’s an excellent time to highlight the power of a comprehensive digestive enzyme for our patients for gastrointestinal challenges.* A full spectrum enzyme that addresses multiple stages of protein, carbohydrate, and lipid digestion support is particularly important.* A supplemental enzyme formula can add a boost to our own endogenous enzymes at a time when eating patterns can be erratic, at best. *
Also, when speaking with patients about a winter-centric wellness program, colder months may warrant attention to the health of one’s microbiome, both for maintaining a healthy digestive system as well as a strong balanced immune system.* It’s an ideal time to educate our patients on their innate ability to shift the microbiome, both from the foods they choose to eat and to the probiotic supplements they take. I find, the more patients know about the unique benefits a healthy microbiome brings to our immune and digestive system, the more motivated they are to make probiotics a part of their daily routine.* During the winter months, I strongly encourage patients to be consistent in the habit of a daily routine of probiotic supplementation, in addition to taking digestive enzymes if needed.
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.