Hi there! So I've talked about Thanksgiving recipes, cooking tools, techniques and healthy strategies and the final piece of the puzzle I'm going to offer today are supplements.
I know, I know, you're probably thinking what does that have to do with the holidays, but it can actually make your holiday more enjoyable and keep you feeling good the day after.
Here are my top 3 supplements that I recommend you have on hand for this food filled holiday!
1. Digestive Enzymes
This will help your body break down the extra carbs, fat and protein you will be consuming and help decrease bloat and constipation. Make sure the brand you buy contains the enzymes lipase (fat), protease (protein) and amylase (carbohydrates) at the very least.
This electrolyte/mineral is involved in over 300 enzymatic activities in your body so needless to say its pretty important. One of its main functions is maintenance of blood sugar levels, which can vary quite a bit when you're going for canned cranberry sauce (hello high fructose corn syrup!) or that extra piece of pumpkin pie. I recommend 200 mg in the morning and 200 mg at night of magnesium glycinate because it also aids in restful sleep. If you're one to get constipated go for magnesium citrate.
And not for the reason you're thinking. Our bodies actually many receptors for melatonin in the gut, not just the brain so this compound has many digestive benefits along with sleep. It can reduce bloating and abdominal pain by "moving things along" more efficiently in your digestive tract. I recommend 3 mg 30 minutes before your largest meal.
If you'd like brand recommendations, comment below!
I wish you and your family the Happiest Thanksgiving!