In our last ‘Staying Healthy This Christmas’ blog post we spoke about the importance of taking care of your liver whilst still managing to attend the Christmas parties and indulge in a bit of festive cheer. The focus of the post was supporting your liver through clever nutrition and key nutrients like glutathione and herbs like milk thistle. If you missed that one and want to know how you can protect your all important detoxification systems this Christmas, have a read of the post here.
Today’s topic is how to beat the bloat and I hope that it will be a useful post for you all as I certainly know that so many of us suffer from bloating these days. Now when I say bloating I’m not talking about a food baby, I can’t help you if you’re overeating; that one’s on you!
Start your day with probiotics
This is actually just really good advice for every day, but even more so when you might be planning to eat foods that aren’t typical for you. Our gut bacteria are largely responsible for helping us to break down and digest our food and they do this via a process of fermentation. Oftentimes, due to bad food choices, over processing and lack of nutrients our fragile balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria can become upset. Too many of the putrefactive types of bacteria can mean that the outcome of your digestive process is discomfort, intestinal gas and bloating.
Activated charcoal for intestinal gas
If you do find that after eating that delicious blue cheese or glutinous panettone that you would usually avoid that your stomach swells up the size of a football then activated charcoal is a great, quick remedy. Keep a few activated charcoal tablets handy over Christmas or stock up on our Black Lemonade for the festive period. Activated charcoal works a bit like a sponge and is great for binding to gas producing elements to help you feel yourself again. Follow up with lots of water.
Don’t dilute your digestive enzymes
This is an important thing to consider as a preventative measure. Effective digestion even begins before we start chewing; as soon as we smell those delicious Christmassy foods cooking our bodies start to produce the salivary digestive enzymes that are the first stage in digestion. “Digestion starts in the mouth,” and this is certainly true. Chew your food well and you’ll be taking so much of the pressure off your stomach and ensuring that your food is 100% digested, and not only partially digested. Try and keep liquids to a minimum while you're eating and for about 30 minutes after you’ve finished, so as to not dilute your digestive enzymes that your body has worked hard to produce.
Try intermittent fasting
Overindulged the night before? Give your system a rest and hold off the food until lunch time the next day. By allowing at least 16 hours between meals you can ensure that your digestive system gets a good rest. It will also help your energy levels over Christmas as well. Digestion is such an energy consuming process so by by spacing out your meals more you can regain some of your festive pizzazz!