Dr. Andrew Brandeis, an expert in herbal and nutraceutical nutrients, shares some tips for getting you and your stomach through the holiday season
We know, the holiday treats, parties, sweet gifts can be overwhelming. All those carbs and calories from fat, all that sugar, the tryptophan! Even for those of us who watch what we eat, the traditional holiday dinner is A LOT — whatever your holiday may be! Studies show the average American can gain 1 to 7 pounds between Halloween to New’s Year’s, and this is aggragated year over year. But as a Doctor who focuses on managing people’s long-term health and wellness through the proper use of quality nutraceutical and herbal therapies, I’d like to look past the low-hanging fruit of weight gain and spotlight some simple, safe, and affordable supplement strategies. These supplement recommendations will help jumpstart your digestive system before the family feast and promote smooth, cramp-free digestion after all the leftovers are done.
- Probiotics: considered "friendly" live bacteria, probiotics colonize in the gut and provide beneficial microorganisms to your digestive system. High quality probiotics, when used properly and taken in appropriate doses, improve the makeup of the gut microbiome which, in turn, affects key functions of the body including immunity, metabolism and mood. I recommend a probiotic supplement that includes:
- Bifidobacterium lactis to support healthy digestive function
- Lactobacillus salivarius to dramatically decrease the level of harmful bacteria forming in the mouth, throat and digestive tract
- Saccharomyces boulardii for immune system support
- Chromium picolinate: is an essential mineral (meaning it can only be obtained through diet of supplementation) that works with the hormone insulin to metabolize carbohydrates. Additionally, some research suggests taking 15-200 mcg daily for 6-12 weeks may lower cholesterol and total cholesterol levels in people with slightly high or high cholesterol levels.
- Active B Complex supplement: typically includes the 8 essential B-vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacinamide, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, biotin, folate and vitamin B12). These nutrients play an important role in the healthy function of the body. Specifically, they support energy levels, brain function, and metabolism. Additionally, an Active B Complex promotes a healthy appetite and good digestion.
Wishing you safe and healthy holiday season,
Dr. Andrew Brandeis