Many of us have been waiting all year long to set up the grill with hot links, burgers and hot dogs.
Although delicious, most of the traditional entrees and side dishes served at summer parties but that our gastrointestinal system doesn’t suffer any painful “barbeque blues”, including stomach aches, gas, bloating, belching, and constipation.
Here are 4 tips for a trouble-free tummy during the summer months
1. Don’t overdo it
The brain receives a signal to supply digestive enzymes for whatever food type you ingest. If you start to chew a second and third type of food too early, the signal to produce new enzymes won’t be processed as quickly and the new foods will not be properly digested, causing bloating, gas, indigestion, and stomach pain.
Not to mention, you won’t get the energy from the food you’re eating because the body will now have to exert itself to get rid of the toxins that are forming from these heavy foods. Chew each bite slowly, a dozen or more times before swallowing, to trigger the proper enzymes and to aid absorption. Side benefit: You’ll feel full quicker and won’t have to eat as much food.
2. Meat or sides – which should I go for?
One misstep most people take is eating their steak or ribs along with
a baked potato or a potato salad. Combining heavy starches with weighty proteins can wreak havoc on the digestive system if you’re not cognizant about how to eat them.
Eat fatty meats such as steaks, burgers, or hot dogs first and slowly. You can have some of the starchy options to follow. Once this is eaten, after a few minutes, have some potatoes. If you consume heavy sugar or fruit on top of meat or carbohydrate, the fruits and sugars will begin to ferment because they wouldn’t be properly broken down, and that causes a lot of gas.
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