We are all feeling a little fuller after the celebrations of Christmas. Who can resist that last pig in blanket or the shuffle of foil chocolate wrappers as your mum waves them in your face for the third time that evening?
Besides having the time of our lives celebrating with the family, it’s a new year, which means a shiny new you. It’s time to get back to business and start 2018 with a bang! Here are 5 tips for how to beat the Christmas bloat and effective bloating treatments:
1. Pick Your Foods Wisely
Believe it or not, sometimes the healthier foods are the bloating triggers. Broccoli, kale and cabbages are repeat offenders for causing gas and bloat. They contain a type of sugar that only stomach bacteria can digest, fermenting and causing the gas. But don’t get rid of them entirely, the more high fibre nutrient rich foods we eat, the stronger our stomach becomes and the better it digests.
2. Avoid Salty Foods
Avoid any foods high in salt, yes put that pizza down, as high salt content creates water retention, not to mention being paired with high saturated fats that will generally slow you down. Swap the Christmas goodies for bananas and asparagus, a high potassium treat that has super powers against bloating and can help eliminate constipation.
3. Pick The Right Time To Eat
Eating right before you hop into bed, or eating in bed, is not a good idea. Late eaters tend to find it harder to lose weight and can have increased acid reflux. We recommend eating your main meal at least 3 hours before going to bed, as this allows what you consume to be passed through to the digestive system rather than sitting in the esophagus. Also, eat when you are hungry! Limiting yourself during the day and coming home ravenous will only lead to overeating in the evenings. The brain takes 20 minutes to register a full stomach, so anything overeaten can cause discomfort, bloating and weight gain.
4. Choose Probiotics
Probiotics are labelled “good bacteria” for the digestive system. 1.5kg of your body weight is actually made up of bacteria! Each of the 100 trillion types play an important role around the body, so having a healthy balance in the digestive system is important. If there is an imbalance, it can lead to constipation, flatulence and bloating. This imbalance can be caused by poor diet and stress, so what better way to combat both than a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise to help combat stress.
5. Help Your Body Detox
“Right, that’s it, I’m going on a detox after last night!” is a common phrase said by many after a night out on the town with friends. But your body is constantly detoxing! Bacteria are removing toxins from environmental factors, alcohol and foods all the time. If you are experiencing some bloating, flatulence and a bit of a 3 day hangover after this festive season, we recommend Activated Charcoal Capsules to not only help you recover, but to remove certain toxins quicker so your body can focus on others.
Activated charcoal is sourced from common charcoal but is heated to produce a capsule that specifically trap chemicals within the body, allowing them to leave the body without being reabsorbed. This bloating treatment reduces intestinal gas, binding together the gas causing by-products from those naughty foods that cause discomfort and bloating.
It can banish the permanent hangover you may have sunk into, but not by removing the alcohol toxins. As alcohol is rarely consumed in its pure form, artificial sweeteners are often added to make the drinks taste sweet. Artificial sweeteners are another cause of bloating and can be removed by activated charcoal, allowing your body to focus on removing the alcohol from your system quicker, relieving you from one too many eggnogs.