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What Helps With Bloating After Eating? | Christmas Dinner Tips

Christmas is the time of goodwill, but it is not necessarily the time of good gut health. Christmas challenges the willpower of the most dedicated health fans. This is never truer than at Christmas dinner. The build-up, family influence and delicious cooking smells all day mean that most people overindulge when it’s turkey time. So how can you recover when you’re feeling serious bloat?

You don’t have to rely on a Christmas miracle, or some special secrets from Santa’s Workshop. Natural solutions are all within your reach to banish your bloat and feel much more merry and bright.

Stretch Your Legs

Suggest a household walk after dinner to help beat the bloating feeling. You may want to crawl straight back to the sofa but resist! Take the dog, children, or enjoy the excuse to have a little alone time walking a short route near your home.

Giving your circulation a boost with gentle exercise will help to invigorate your muscles and organs. You’ll find you flush out those toxins and fluids much quicker than if you remain sedentary. Exercise is excellent for improving your bowel function.

If the weather outside is frightful, do a few strolling laps of the house including the stairs. Stretch your arms out wide and over your head intermittently to further encourage blood flow.

Avoid Fatty Foods

Many households continue to pick at food into the evening following Christmas dinner. If you’re feeling the bloat, avoid saturated fats like a cheeseboard or chocolates. Your body is likely to be working hard to digest all the food you have ingested. Fatty foods require extra effort to be broken down and often move very slowly through the digestive tract, so you will seriously be prolonging the time it takes for your body to feel better.

If you want a snack, try some cultured yoghurt. The dairy allows the good bacteria to penetrate much deeper into the gut than many foods. So your stomach acids won’t stop a few spoonfuls of yoghurt working some wonders on your bloated body.

Drink Plenty Of Water

Water helps to flush out excess toxins in the body. Though you may feel too full to drink a big glass of h2o, it will really help. Sip at it as you have your stroll or watch a Christmas special on tv. This is especially true if your dinner has been high in salt.

Do not be mistaken that all drinks equal healthy hydration. Alcohol and carbonated drinks will prolong and encourage further bloating. Fizzy and alcoholic drinks are a double disaster, so steer well clear of lager, ciders or prosecco.

Get On The Ginger

Keep some root ginger handy to help your body after some over-indulgence. Chop it into inch long rectangles and soak a few in a mug of boiling water. Sip it and you’ll soon feel the benefit. Ginger has long been hailed as a natural digestive aid. It has a kick, but you could mix it with some fresh cut orange for a really Christmassy scent.

Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye Reid has a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Physiology and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. Faye has worked with numerous high-profile oranisations, such as Men's Health, Sky Sports, Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves, British Dressage and GB Rowing, providing her expert sports science support. Find out more about Faye's experience here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/faye-reid-8b619b122/. She puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding.


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