Post-Christmas Bloating

Are you feeling bloated from all the Christmas meals and sweets?! Here are a few tips to help reduce bloating.

Ginger

Ginger is great for poor digestion, stomach upsets and bloating. I really like cutting up ginger because I love the smell. A piece of ginger in a glass of water is supposed to be a great remedy for bloating. I like to use ginger for a marinade for salmon, I cut up ginger, add it to some soya sauce and orange juice with garlic granules and coriander. I then add the marinade to the salmon before cooking it in the oven. The bottle of ginger toddy as displayed in the image above, is a nonalcoholic beverage available at health stores. It can be served warm and has a very strong taste. I love ginger but this drink really tickles your throat. Some love this feeling and some don’t. I like this drink in very small quantities or mixed with lemonade.

Peppermint

Peppermint tea is great for nausea and bloating and helps relax digestive muscles. 

Chamomile

I am also a fan of chamomile tea as it is not only very relaxing but it is also a good way to reduce bloating.

Fennel

Fennel seeds can be chewed. They can also be used for tea. Boil half a  teaspoon of seeds in 250 ml of water. Let the water boil for about 5 minutes while keeping the pot covered. Cool the mixture before drinking.  

Food that makes you feel bloated

Beans, cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli can cause bloating. Anyone who has a lactose intolerance should avoid dairy as it can cause bloating and gas.  I always feel bloated after drinking fizzy drinks. An artificial sweetener named sorbitol can cause bloating.  Mixing fruits with vegetables can also cause bloating. Even though I love love love pizza, pasta and white bread..it always makes me feel very bloated, so I try stick to brown bread, whole meal pitta breads, brown rice and brown pasta.

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