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Top tips to beat the festive bloat

Even with all good intentions, Christmas is a time where inevitably, at some point, you’ll probably overindulge-we’ve all been there!  If you’re feeling stuffed, bloated and uncomfortable after some festive feasting, here are 3 natural top tips to help.

Herbal teas

Herbal teas can be an excellent way to relieve the bloating and discomfort after eating too much.

Peppermint– Peppermint is a natural anti-spasmodic and helps relieve bloating and tension in the digestive tract.  It also helps calm the digestive system, helping with wind and encouraging the passage of food through the gut.

Ginger – Ginger stimulates digestive juices which break down food and so helps prevent bloating and discomfort.  Ideally drink it half an hour or so before a main meal but if you forget, don’t worry, just make a brew after you’ve eaten.  Chop up some fresh root ginger add steep it on hot water for 5 minutes then add a squeeze of lemon.

Fennel – Fennel is one of the oldest remedies for digestion and traditionally fennel seeds would be chewed after a meal.  Fennel helps with bile production which helps breakdown fats and stimulates digestive juices so helping reduce bloating.  It also contains oils which help relax the muscles of the digestive tract so easing stomach ache and flatulence. Fennel teabags are readily available in most supermarkets.

Liquorice– Liquorice root is also a traditional, ancient remedy that’s used for its soothing and calming effect on the digestive tract.  It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can help alleviate upset stomach as well as acid reflux, bloating and indigestion. It also acts as a natural laxative, helping pass waste through the body more quickly. Liquorice teabags can be easily found in many supermarkets.

Bicarbonate of soda

Rather than reaching for the Rennie, have a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a small glass of water.  Its alkalising properties help neutralise stomach acid and relieve acid reflux after eating too much and it helps relieve trapped wind that can cause real discomfort.  Not only is it natural but it’s a lot cheaper than over the counter medications.

Give your gut a rest

Our digestive systems are constantly working to digest and absorb food and get rid of toxins and when we over indulge, they have to work even harder.  Giving the gut a rest allows it to digest food from the previous day and encourages the production of health gut microbes.  Aim to have a period of 12 hours where you don’t eat-it’s not as hard as it sounds.  If you’re still snacking on that last mince pie at 10pm, just wait until 10am the following day before eating.

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