Are you finding that you over-indulged with the appetizers or cocktails last weekend at the last holiday party? Over-indulgence can create some stomach-bulging issues real quick. I got at least five texts last week asking me to blog on this belly-boosting topic. If you are looking for the most common pre- and post-holiday feast remedies for bloating, look no further, peeps! This integrative health coaching elf is on the case. Read on…
What is bloat?
Abdominal bloating is when the abdomen feels full and tight. It commonly occurs due to a buildup of gas somewhere in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Bloating causes the belly to look larger than usual, and it may also feel tender or painful. Fluid retention in the body can also lead to bloating.
Bloating usually happens when excess gas builds up in the stomach or intestines. When bloating occurs right after a meal, it usually resolves itself, but it is often possible to speed up this process, according to Medical News Today.
Assess your intake of the following:
- Portion size of the food
- Lactose, fructose, eggs or wheat/gluten
- Carbonated soda or alcohol
- Fatty foods
- Gas-triggering foods like cauliflower, broccoli or cabbage.
Here are some actions you can take to reduce bloat.
Studies have shown that these items help to relieve gas and bloating; and can reduce heartburn and indigestion as well. Each suggestion is zero-calorie, naturally caffeine-free and doesn’t contain any pesky added sugars. After all, sugar is the devil, not a helpful elf during the holiday season. That’s the truth!
- Take a digestive enzyme like Lactaid or Essential Enzymes before heading to the party or soiree.
- Add a combined probiotic and prebiotic daily supplement to your breakfast routine like the one made by Orenda called Eaze. Click here then find ‘Eaze’ bottle with 30 capsules.
- Integrate psyllium fiber into your diet. For those of you suffering from IBS, consult with your doctor first. But, most people gain residual health cardiovascular benefits from adding more fiber to your diet.
- Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.
- Prepare peppermint tea daily. Drink this tea, straight up with no added sugar.
Note: Most bloating symptoms can be relieved with this list of supplements and tea. However, if symptoms persist, go see your doctor. Also, download the FREE LIVER DETOX here. Please feel free to email me with questions or doctor referrals at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay happy, healthy and helpful. Happy Holidays!
Peace & Love,