But why are these problems peculiar to winter?
Because your body tries to generate warmth against the cold you tend to eat more during winter. Meaning that your body stores up a lot of unused calories from the food you eat. Lastly, our body's metabolism slows down in winter, which means that it takes more time for food to digest. Combining slow metabolism with unused calories and inactivity often spells trouble for your digestive system.
However, you can do something about it. If you're wondering how to improve the health of your digestive system, we got you...
1. Eat your greens
There was a reason our parents forced us to eat our greens and vegetables while we were younger. Vegetables and greens like carrots, beets, spinach, and sweet potatoes, are rich in nutrients like fiber and vitamins that can help with digestion, especially during winter. For example, the fiber found in spinach can help you feel full so you don’t overeat. Carrots contain vitamins that help to bulk up your immune system to fight against flu during winter. And with the pandemic, you’ll need all the extra boost your immune system can get. You can use these greens and vegetables for broth, stews, soups, or even as stuffing.
Although greens are seasonal, it can be a chore sometimes to find all the nutrients you're looking for in one meal. That’s where Terra Origin Green Superfoods comes in. Available in delicious flavors like mint and coffee, our Green Superfoods contains over 35 natural digestive enzymes and antioxidants that aid digestion, so you get all you need in one place.
2. Move your body
Yes, you heard that right. Get yourself off the bed and do some exercise. You don’t have to visit a gym, as there are many exercises you can perform at home to break a sweat safely and effectively. Not only can you burn some calories, but you’ll also increase blood circulation, resulting in better delivery of nutrients around your body, which in turn aids your digestion. If you do choose to work out at your local gym, make sure to abide by all the COVID prevention precautions. because 2 new COVID variants of omicron are on the rise this winter. (CDC survey data from Japan and Africa. We expect them to hit December through February.) And if you’re looking to help speed up recovery after your workout, our Organic Plant Protein, made from pumpkin, brown rice, hemp seed and pea protein isolate, delivers 18 grams of protein to fuel you after depleting your energy stores.
3. Drink up
Have you ever noticed how a well-oiled machine works better than one that isn’t? The same is true with our bodies. Indeed, you might not feel like drinking water during winter because of the temperature drop, but you’d be doing your body, especially your gut and digestive system, a disservice. Fluids help to lubricate your intestines for food to pass through easily. It could be as simple as drinking more water every day. Or a cup of a hot beverage like tea or coffee. Or you could make soup your go-to fluid and create warming and lubrication at the same time. Even drinking a cup of warm or hot water as they practice in traditional Chinese medicine. And lastly, our Electrolyte powder, available in berry, is a great, delicious option for anyone looking to improve their hydration and digestion this winter.
4. Eat less
Since you’re likely moving less, you don’t need as much food as when you’re more active. Eating less food helps limit your calorie intake and reduces the amount of work your digestive system has to do. Collagen is the component in bone broth that helps rebuild the digestive lining and supports a healthy gut. Because it’s known for its positive effects on the gut and may help reduce intestinal permeability, collagen can help you retain more of the nutrients you consume. Our Probiotic Collagen Powder Peptides is a delicious and easily digestible supplement to ensure you get the nutrients you need. Intermittent fasting may also be a good idea to consider, limiting your eating periods to 8 hours a day while fasting for 16 hours can help burn fat. Using our Terra Origin bone broth proteins and our healthy greens superfoods to help substitute meals during these fasting periods would be a good way to stay full and still get the nutritional values.
5. Have some ghee
Don’t know what ghee is? Originating from India, ghee is milk fat gotten from the separation of milk solids and butterfat. Basically clarified butter in a jar. Ghee helps with promoting proper digestion, healing your gut, and boosting your immune system. Indians often use it to make tasty and delightful dishes that improve the general well being of the body. Studies have also shown that ghee works well to combat diabetes and high blood pressure because it contains healthy cholesterol.
You can do many things to improve your digestion, but starting small is always the best way to ensure success. Terra Origin has a variety of supplements and products that can help your digestive system. Our products like Terra Origin Healthy Gut & Terra Origin Digestive Enzymes help to break down food nutrients into smaller digestible bits and ease bloating so that your digestive system functions as it should.
And of course, all of our products are sourced and created in-house, so you can be sure of their quality.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.