Your turkey may be stuffed but you don't have to be
The festive season is great for indulging in food and drink but with this often comes bloating. Eating too much, too fast can overwhelm your digestive system and cause lots of immediate discomfort.
As a gift to you we've listed five ways to beat the bloat so you don't have to stick with leggings on the sofa.
- Walk it off
Although you may not feel like it but physical activity is one of the easiest things to do to reduce bloating as the more you move, the faster food will pass through your gut.
- Make time for tea
Peppermint tea is a well-known tummy soother and for good reason; the carminative active ingredient soothes the gut and eases griping.
- Bountiful berries
Berries like blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are high in water content, which helps decrease bloating. They are also high in fibre, which can help food move through the intestines more quickly and decrease abdominal pressure and bloating.
- Eat more (often)
Instead of fewer big meals, try eating smaller meals more often. This can keep you free of the bloated feeling whilst eating more frequently can also help control blood sugar and manage hunger.
- Steer away from sodium
Highly processed foods tend to be high in sodium and low in fibre, both of which can contribute to that bloated feeling, aim for no more than 500 mg of sodium per serving.
Our friend Dale Pinnock has some extra tips to tune up your digestion over on the Medicinal Chef.
Photo by Terje Sollie.