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Cold weather can affect your digestive tract

Many people associate the winter months with respiratory ailments but the cold weather can also wreak havoc on our digestive tracts.

The digestive tract is home to 70% of our immune cells so it is important to

maintain a healthy digestive system. A well-balanced diet that is high in fiber, and low in fat and sugar helps to keep stomach issues at bay.

With the months of November and December being packed with holidays, overeating and overindulging in sweets is common place and can lead to indigestion, heartburn and upset stomach. An overload of sugar can make it difficult for your intestines to absorb nutrients leading to bloating and gas.

Making sure to stay well-hydrated, and avoiding processed foods and alcoholic drinks are good ways to help your digestive system to stay moving in the winter months. Sleeping also plays an important role in digestive health by helping you to resist food cravings and stressful eating.

So take some time this winter to take stock in what you eat so you can help maintain good digestive and immune health.

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