How To Beat The Bloat This Christmas!
This time of year is dominated by food! And we love it - the turkey, the sausages, the pies, the potatoes, the cranberry sauce… even our secret soft spot for Brussel sprouts! But it can leave you feeling pretty bloated, which can be painful.
Bloating makes the belly feel swollen and larger than usual. Intestinal gas is usually the cause of that bloated feeling.
Every single one of us has gas, but we don’t like to admit it. 10-20% of us have digestive issues, but the good news is that just because you bloat or get gassy, it doesn’t mean you have a major problem with your digestion. But to reduce the potential gas at the Christmas gathering (and the embarrassment that sometimes comes with it!), we’ve been researching what natural aids there are for your aggrieved abdomen.
Here at Organica, our goal is to keep you feeling your best via the most natural means possible and anyone who’s ever experienced a gassy gut knows that it’s the furthest feeling from fabulous! So, this Christmas lets not give in to feeling so seasonally sluggish. Instead, let’s say bye-bye to the bloat and try the following 5 natural tips to keep you at your natural best.
1. Major In Magnesium
Sometimes a bloated tummy can be due to low levels of magnesium. Either invest in a supplement over the Christmas weeks or make sure to fill up on green leafy veg like kale or beans and lentils. You can also try taking an Epsom salt bath, as the body can absorb magnesium from the salt through your skin. You don’t need to tell us twice!
2. Ham Up The Hydration
If you’re not drinking enough water, your digestive system can slow down and in turn cause bloating. Try to be mindful of how much alcohol, caffeine, and sugary/fizzy drinks you’re consuming too as these all take away water from the body. You should aim to drink around 2 liters of water per day - yes, even on Christmas Day!
3. Play Fickle With Fibre
This doesn’t sound right, does it? If you want to support your digestive system through the festive feast, surely it needs fiber? Yes, but too much can actually exasperate your symptoms of a sore stomach. Anything that’s been made with wholemeal flour (brown bread or breakfast cereals) can have a bad effect on the belly if eaten in excess, so opt for white bread at the meal of the month. It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but trust us - it will!
4. Buddy Up With Good Bacteria
Not all bacteria are bad, and ‘good’ bacteria supplements can aid digestion and help counteract the negative effects of the actual bad bacteria in your gut. There are many options to choose from. For example, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Bifidobacterium longum and a combination of Bifidobacterium animalis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus rhamnosus have all been found to help with gut health and relieve bloating.
Activated charcoal tablets have been cited too. It’s all about finding the supplement that works for you, but it might be worth trialing one to support your body through the Christmas day spread!
Don’t fancy supplements? You can also up the amount of live probiotic yogurt you eat, as this also contains good gut bacteria. Fennel too has been used for centuries to help tame tummies and you can drink fennel as a tea.
Peppermint oil and chamomile have also been proven to help crush the cramps! Try a peppermint or chamomile tea after your meal instead of coffee.
And what about our 100% organic Castor Oil? Castor Oil is great for relieving a bloated belly. It’s been proven to improve circulation and the flow of the digestive system by boosting your immune system! Simply keep the oil in the fridge for an hour, as the coolness will help mask any unwanted taste, then mix 15 milliliters into a glass of fruit juice/flavored water. It should bring you relief in just 2 to 6 hours after taking it. A great, natural and short term fix for tantrum tummies whilst being totally vegan, paraben and sulfate-free! Our Castor Oil is rich in omega 6 which benefits the heart, lungs, and brain. It also contains vitamin E which helps the skin stay youthful and vibrant. A completely organic win-win!
5. Refine Your Tasting Technique
Did you know that the way you eat might be blowing up your belly? Try the following for a more settled digestion:
- Eat slowly
- Chew your food really well
- Try to drink room temperature beverages
- Talk in between swallowing (also, no one likes to see that!)
- Don’t drink through a straw (they’re bad for the environment too)
Tight-fitting clothes, smoking, poorly fitting dentures and slouching all contribute to the build-up of gas in our gut too!
A great way to relieve an aggravated abdomen is exercise, so make sure to encourage the family out for that Christmas day stroll with the dog after lunch. Not only will it help relieve any tightness in the tummy, but it’s also a great way to connect with each other and boost your circulation as well as your mood!
Remember that occasional gas and tummy discomfort doesn’t require medical attention. The above remedies can support you through any bloating you might have. However, if you start to notice an increased frequency of bloating, or the situation is unusually severe and particularly if the symptoms are accompanied by diarrhea, heartburn, vomiting or weight loss then it’s definitely worth checking in with the doc to rule out anything else.
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