Overindulged during the holiday season? Admit it, it’s hard to say no to a delicious spread of holiday treats and a big serving of comfort food. It’s no wonder over 30% of people’s New Year’s resolutions are to eat healthier and shed extra pounds. The problem for most is the inability to be persistent with their goals. Most resolutions don’t last past January and it’s easy to revert back to old eating habits and lifestyle choices.
There are no simple solutions. A balanced diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables, regular exercise, and conscious eating is the only surefire solution for weight management and optimum health.
There are Options
Traditional Chinese medicine offers many digestive herbs to help reduce food stagnation and relieve indigestion and bloating. This recipe can help relieve indigestion caused by overeating especially after a greasy meal.
A Closer Look
Shan Zha (Hawthorn Fruit) – Sour, sweet, and warm in nature, this herb helps reduce food stagnation and moves blood. It can reduce accumulation of meat and greasy foods. Treats hypertension, elevated serum cholesterol and coronary artery disease.
Mai Ya (Malt) – Sweet and neutral in nature, this herb helps reduce undigested starchy foods and grains. It improves digestion and strengthens the stomach.
Chen Pi (Tangerine or Orange Peel) – Acrid, bitter, warm, and aromatic in nature, this herb facilitates the flow of Qi to benefit digestion and regulate the middle. It helps prevent stagnation often caused by tonic herbs.
Hawthorn Malt Tea
Brew the ingredients in water for 5-8 minutes. Consume after meals. Not advised for people with GERD. Dried tangerine or orange peel may be added to reduce symptoms of food stagnation and indigestion.
To ensure good digestive health and wellness, good dietary choices are essential. Try this simple recipe to help you feel less bloated and improve your digestive health. Kick start 2019 with healthy lifestyle changes and step into a new YOU!
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