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