Beat the Christmas Bloat
It’s Christmas! A time for cheer, festivities, love … and overindulgence. I personally have a weak spot when it comes to chocolate. And of course at Christmas, there’s just so much temptation in the house!
I’m a firm believer in balance and moderation, however sometimes you just have to let yourself have a little bit more than usual! And it’s totally okay to loosen up the belt a little and do that. But if you happen to slightly overindulge and are left feeling a little bit ‘bleurgh’ after the festivities, then you could try some of these ways to ease the bloat.
Here are a few tricks I’ve learnt to beat that bloated feeling…
Because everyone deserves to feel their best – especially at Christmas!
Drink lemon water
Add a wedge of lemon to boiling water, let it cool and then drink it warm. This has amazing detoxifying effects on your digestive system, and leaves you feeling much less bloated.
Sometimes we can get stressed over the amount of food we’ve eaten, so closing your eyes and breathing deeply can help bring some awareness back to you. Try breathing in through your nose and really filling your lungs for the count of 4, then breathe out slowly through your nose for the count of 6. Do this a few times and you’ll soon feel more relaxed.
Moving in any way – whether it’s going for a walk or practising some gentle yoga – can help ease the feeling of being sluggish and full.
We are always being told to stay hydrated and drink more water for a reason! It can help flush out the toxins absorbed from sugary and fatty foods. What’s more, drinking water will make you feel full so you’re less likely to reach for any more unhealthy indulgences!
Eat food slowly
Avoid swallowing extra air when you chew by eating food slowly, rather than gulping it down in a hurry! It will prevent any large bits of food getting stuck in your digestive tract and you’ll enjoy your food even more if you take your time to chew and taste it fully.