Ways To Remain Healthy During The Festive Season

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The holidays are just around the corner. People tend to exhibit over-indulgence during Christmas and New Year. How does the body cope with all this season of merry making and festive feasting? The impact of food on the body both with human and laboratory trials are being examined by the researchers at the University of Reading- Department of Food and Nutritional Science, with the use of state-of-the-art facilities. Some of their facilities are the UK’s largest pilot food processing plant (a mini-food factory), a clinical nutrition unit, and the labs, as well as a complete model of the human gut.

Professor Glenn Gibson, Professor of Food Microbial Sciences and an expert on the gut bacteriology of human health and disease, offered some tips in staying healthy during the festive season. First, it is important to eat more fruits and vegetables, which contain fiber. Fiber, when broken down by bacteria, produces positive elements (like energy for muscles, fuel for gut cells, and appetite suppressors formed by the liver). These can aid to combat the effects of a lot of protein. On the other hand, if a person takes in more meat, more harmful substances (i.e. ammonia, amines and phenols) are produced, as the bacteria break down meat. This can lead to inflammation in the gut.

Second, it is imperative to be cautious against food poisoning. Means to prevent this from occurring include never putting raw meat over trifles/cakes in the refrigerator, using clean cutlery for eating, never using tea towels for more than a day, and throwing food that is over its use date. According to Gibson, bacteria double every 20 minutes with all the appropriate conditions present. Moreover, raw meat has hazardous bacteria, like campylobacter in chicken and E. coli in beef, and it just needs 10 bacteria shigella cells to be food poisoned. This necessitates thorough cooking.

Third, try a probiotic because this can assist the good bacteria in the intestines in performing their roles well. These probiotics help in digestion, and in lowering the consequences of the bad bacteria, which are culprits of an upset stomach.

Fourth, perform some exercise. There is a proof that exercise after eating can lead to a feeling of well-being. Gibson stated explained that exercise fuels the immune response that aids in resisting coughs, colds, or winter vomiting virus.

Fifth, drink as much water as alcohol so that dehydration will be avoided and help to cope with usual activity the next morning. This is a popular strategy to alleviate hangovers, but what is the mechanism surrounding this? Professor Gibson responded. “No idea. Self testing. All in the name of research, of course. Multiple replication is obviously crucial.”

These suggested pieces of advice may be simple, but when these are followed by heart and by practice, this can indeed be beneficial. These tips can help us enjoy our holidays, at the same time, maintain our well-being.




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