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Beat The Post Christmas Bloat

Posted: Thu, 22 December 2016, 10:03

We all know the score, the ‘Ah gwan sure it’s Christmas…’ started a couple of days (weeks) too early this year. With all the parties, social events, and family gatherings centred around food, it’s impossible not to get stuck into the gluttony of the holiday season. But now Christmas is over and we have the unwelcome addition of a little pooch belly. Yep, not to worry – we are all feeling it. Those jeans are a bit tighter, the belts have loosened another hole, and the feeling of true hunger is but a distant memory.

Don’t panic! Plenty of people angst over those pounds that have snuck onto the scale’s display after an extravagant Christmas, but actually this is completely unnecessary. This next sentence is important:

It takes an excess consumption of 5,000 calories to put on 1 pound of fat. Considering we eat 2,000 calories a day, it’s unlikely that you have piled on those 5 pounds the scale is screaming at you. Realistically while you may have put on a little fat, water weight is the main culprit here. When we eat rich, indulgent, sugary, and salty foods our body isn’t quite sure how to handle it. Fat, glucose and sodium molecules notoriously bind to water, leading to a puffier, heavier appearance. Sucks right? Yep, but not to worry – we’ll get rid of it together. Here are my top products to ‘Battle the Bloat’ post-Christmas! 

 1. Dandelion Root

Well, I suppose we better get started with flushing that water out. Dandelion is a fantastic herbal remedy used to flush out pesky unwanted water from the body. Dandelion is a natural diuretic, aka. Drags out the water and makes you pee more. Dandelion is one of our most popular products and is even used by bodybuilders to get as lean as possible before going on stage to compete! 

 

2. Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is one of my ultimate favourites.  If like the rest of Ireland, you over indulged in alcohol, and fatty foods over the Christmas holidays, your liver is going to be feeling a tad sorry for itself. It’s going to be sluggish and grumpy and the result? You’ll be feeling run down, bloated and generally a bit YUCK. Milk thistle is my go-to product for liver cleansing, and trust me – it works. I recommend choosing the liquid over the tablets as it allows the good stuff to scoot it’s way into your system quick as a flash! 

There used to be a competition in our family to see who could consume the most Christmas dinner. Utterly ridiculous (do not try this at home) as we all ended up in an undigested, groaning heap on the couch (disclaimer – my mother did not partake in these barbaric shenanigans). Anyway, while this example is a tad extreme, if you have been eating more than your body is used to, your poor digestive enzymes are going to be fairly knackered. You need different enzymes to break down your proteins, fats, carbohydrates etc. into molecules that can be absorbed by the body. If you have tired or a decreased number of digestive enzymes, you will find yourself feeling pretty bloated regardless of what you have eaten. You may also find yourself feeling full long after eating, almost as though your food is sitting in your stomach, chilling out, and having a good time, but you most certainly are not.  Pop a capsule just before you eat or even open the capsule and sprinkle it over your food, making sure it’s not too hot (don’t leave it for too long though, unless you want to see your food digesting on your plate).

 

4. Peppermint Tea  

An age old remedy for tummy discomfort. Sip on some good quality mint tea, or better still, chuck some fresh mint leaves into a cup and cover with boiling water over them allowing them to stew for 5 minutes or so.  Sip on this after eating instead of your regular tea or coffee which can upset the lining of your stomach. 

Top Mint Teas:

Pukka Three Mint

Salus Organic Peppermint Tea

Dr Stuart's Peppermint Tea

5. Probiotics

I have talked extensively about probiotics before and how bloomin magical they are. You can check out my older post here. If you’ve been thrown into stressful situations this Christmas (though you may not realise it), if you have been eating badly, had any sort of tummy upset, taken antibiotics, travelled long distances, or feel like your immune system is feeling a bit weak, you could benefit from taking some probiotics. If you’re tummy’s bacteria balance is off (i.e. more bad bacteria than good) then bloating is inevitable. My best advice – step away from the probiotic yoghurts! First of all, there are nowhere near enough good bacteria in these to make a difference. Second of all, the sugars in these yoghurts feed the bad bacteria in your gut making it impossible to rebalance your poor insides.

 

6. Water

Totally free and utterly perfect, water will do wonders at flushing the bloat away. Quite ironic as I had mentioned that part of your bloat/ weight gain could be caused by water retention. Interestingly, the more water you drink, the less your body will feel the need to cling onto it. It also helps to detox the kidneys, liver, and blood. Chug down a minimum of 2 litres a day – more if you are exercising or consuming lots of sodium. Be careful however as you can overdose on your water intake (really!). Taking in too much water can lead to a dilution of sodium and other essential electrolytes in your blood making you feel dizzy and pretty darn poorly. Two to three litres should do the trick, with room temperature being the optimal. Add a few slices of lemon or a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to your water to give your liver and immune system a boost.

7. Patience

I understand you might feel fairly crappy right now, but you are not alone. We all over indulge at Christmas, and while you might feel bloated and sick, and generally a bit rotten at the moment, this too shall pass. It’s going to take a few days, but crack out the salads, get some fruit and water into you, follow my tips, and you’ll feel back to normal just in time for the New Year’s glamour. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but just like it took more than a day to get your body good and healthy, it’s going to take more than a few days to undo all of your hard work – take it from me.

 

*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention

Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you're on any medication

 All My Love

Becca

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