Banish Holiday Bloat with These Tips

Posted 11/25/2015 | By HealthCorps

Experiencing bloat during the holiday season is not uncommon, given all the treats and indulgences. Though it’s a good idea to embrace mindful eating to limit bloat and discomfort, there are also some specific things you can do to reduce the risk of intestinal discomfort and feeling bloated, in case you do overindulge. It’s not about what not to eat, but more about what foods and ingredients you choose to incorporate into your diet, that will banish the bloat.

Peppermint tea, hot or cold, can help to limit bloat and quiet an upset stomach after too many indulgences. Chamomile tea is another soothing tea.

Keeping raw ginger or ginger tea on hand is a good idea during the holiday season. Ginger happens to be a wonderful anti-inflammatory and can also help to relax and calm your intestinal tract.

When you make a salad, use a variety of greens and include radicchio which helps your digestive tract to break down the foods that follow your green salad. Leafy greens like radicchio can help to stimulate digestive enzymes, so your body will process the foods you eat during the meal itself, easily.

Adding fennel seeds to grain and bean dishes can help to limit gas and bloating.

Eat yogurt and use yogurt in recipes, since the live cultures support healthy gut bacteria and balance. Fermented vegetables are also another good regular addition to your daily meals.

Serve an artichoke at the beginning of the meal with a healthy dip. Artichokes can help to limit heartburn and prevent gas and bloating. Don’t eat too many of the leaves; focus on the heart of the artichoke instead.

Go a bit Japanese and include miso soup or make a miso tea by adding one or two small spoonful’s of miso to very hot but not boiling water. Miso is loaded with beneficial live bacteria, which support healthy digestion and healthy bowel movements.

It’s important to recognize when the bloat or feeling bloated is a sign of a more serious health condition. If bloat is accompanied by weight loss it may be a cause for concern. This can happen when you have a growing tumor that presses on the intestines, making you feel full and bloated. Ascites, an abnormal build-up of fluid, in the abdomen or pelvis can cause bloating and weight gain and is associated with serious liver disease. Severe abdominal pain and bloating accompanied by nausea and vomiting may signal a bowel obstruction or tumor pressing on the bowel. Consult with a doctor if you have persistent bloat.

Source: Everyday Health

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