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One thing that not many people escape at Christmas time is the ‘Christmas bloat’. We can all be guilty of over indulging at Christmas, especially on Christmas day itself when a second helping seems like a good idea at the time. That is until you have had to unbutton your trousers, take multiple ant-acids and you are having to blame the family dog for the unruly noises now coming from you. So what can you do to help reduce the incident of Christmas bloat this year?
• Eat more slowly & chew more –By eating more slowly you give your digestive tract a little more time to process the foods you are eating and by chewing more you make sure the enzymes found in saliva have time to mix properly with the food in your mouth before hitting the stomach which helps with the digestive process. A lot of carbohydrates can be eaten at Christmas and this food group is one that specifically starts been digested in your mouth when it is mixed by the digestive enzyme amylase, so when you have a meal high in carbs, make sure it spends enough time in your mouth!
• Eat ‘Magic’ fruit – Some fruit is almost magical in its ability to help with the digestive process and ease bloating. Pineapple, mangos and papaya and three such fruits, which all contain digestive enzymes that can help the breakdown of food in the digestive tract. All can be eaten easily after a meal and may just help that feeling of fullness after over indulgence!
• Raid the herb cupboard – Fennel and Clove are two excellent herbs that are fabulous friends for the stomach. Fennel is known for its anti-flatulent properties, so excellent in reducing gas. Cloves, like fennel, have anti-flatulent properties too and is often thought of as the most effective herbal remedy to reduce bloating and gas, as well as being helpful in alleviating nausea (if you reach the nausea point you really have overindulged!!)
• Move more – The last thing you feel like after eating a huge meal is moving. In fact, moving from the dining table to the sofa is often a huge challenge in itself after a big Christmas meal, but move you must!! Mild exercise (note the word mild here, I am not promoting fifty press ups and ten laps round the village) after the turkey meal can be excellent just help food move through the digestive tract and also promote bowel movements, so a definite must if you also suffer with constipation.
• Eat some ‘friendly bacteria’ – Some foods contain natural probiotics which are friendly bacteria for your gut and can help ease digestive discomfort in some people. Prebiotics can also be helpful, as these provide the ‘food’ for probiotics and both help ensure a healthy gut, especially over Christmas time when things can get a bit overloaded. Natural, cultured yogurt containing ‘live bacteria’ is a good source of probiotics. Onions are a good source of a natural prebiotic called Fructan and goats’ milk, including Delamere Dairy’s tasty offerings, contains high amounts of compunds, which act as natural prebiotics. Bananas are also high in prebiotics too, So make sure you add a few of all these foods in amongst the turkey, chocolate and mince pies.
From all of us here at Delamere Dairy have a wonderful, delicious and non-bloated Christmas!