I recently read that the average Brit will consume a whopping 7,000 calories on Christmas Day alone (those yummy glasses of Prosecco and mince pies aren't exactly made of air sadly!), so some us could perhaps benefit from a little natural helping hand in the digestion department on the big day.
Being a foodie, Christmas Day is a great excuse for me to really indulge in some of my favourite treats. But we all know that overindulging can lead to upset tummies, cramps and bloating, and no one wants to be rolling around on the floor feeling sorry for themselves whilst the smallest violin in the world plays in the background!
In an attempt to remedy this, I have been testing out Udo's Choice Digestive Enzyme Blend supplements* (60 caps, £19.99, link) recently. This is an all natural, vegetarian blend of 7 plant based digestive enzymes that assists the body in the breakdown of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fibre. I am certainly no nutritional expert on these matters, so you can read more about how they work here.
Now, I'm always sceptical about these kinds of products, but I've put them to the test during a couple of naughty takeaways at home when I've been catching up with friends lately and they do appear to work for me. You take one capsule before the meal in question, and you can take an additional one if it's going to be a particularly heavy affair like a buffet feast or three-course dinner with all the trimmings. I didn't experience any stomach problems afterwards like I sometimes do, but I can't comment on its effects on things like IBS etc as I don't personally suffer from that.
The capsules were easy to swallow and they're suitable for vegetarians, dairy and gluten free. If you're going to treat yourself with some indulgent food, you may as well treat yourself to these!
P.S: I understand that not everyone gets to have a lovely Christmas where they can eat all of the food they want, or even have enough food to simply meet their daily requirements, so I wanted to mention The Trussell Trust who run Britain's food banks. They are a fantastic organisation who help lots of individuals and families in need all year round. If you'd like to make a donation to them, please click here.