Monday 26 December 2016

How To Get Rid Of Bloating


Sprouts and prosecco are among the main contributors over the festive season, stretching the stomach and causing it to swell.

Most people are guilty of overindulging at Christmas, enjoying the rich and sugary foods that only appear once a year, such as mince pies and mulled wine, but overindulging in these foods cause trapped wind which may feel uncomfortable.

If people do suffer from bloating, then an over the counter antacid can help to relieve symptoms.

However there are easy ways to reduce symptoms of bloating - especially for those who can’t head out to a pharmacy over Christmas.

Ian Marber, nutritional therapist, said: “Christmas is a key time when many people complain about feeling bloated.

“One of the reason for this is that most people will take in far more sugar than they need over the festive period due to an overindulgence of food and alcohol.

“Festive food is also generally a lot richer in sugar and fat and the body will store this excess sugar as fat or glycogen, which can make you feel sluggish and uncomfortable.

“People also tend to have a ‘go on it’s Christmas’ attitude and therefore don’t make as good food choices as perhaps they would any other time of the year.”

Reducing processed foods and refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, pastries and pasta can help get the digestive system working again.

Ian added: “Eat a diet low in carbohydrates for a couple of days after Christmas to help reduce appetite and offset any excesses.

“It is better to have some carbs than none at all – so limit your carbs to one meal a day rather than having them with all three.”

Angela Dowden, nutritionist, has shared her tips how how to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms.

Angela said: “Up your intake of magnesium, found in the likes of bananas, brazil nuts and almonds, pulses and green veg.

“Constipation is a common cause of bloating so ditch white bread and pasta and go for the higher fibre whole grain varieties instead.

“Take care with chewing gum, although sugar free gum is good for your teeth it’s another way to inadvertently add excess air to your system.

“Try a daily probiotic yoghurt or supplement - there’s some evidence that good bacteria can ease bloating," Angela added.

“Slash salt - too much salt causes your body to retain excess fluid and cutting down can rapidly rid you of a couple of pounds.

“Foods to cut down on include pizza, sauces, seasonings, bacon, cheese, ham, stock cubes, anchovies and pickles.”

Ways to reduce the symptoms of bloating include chewing food more thoroughly before swallowing, and taking regular exercise - which experts argue can work the gas out of the body.



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