The holidays are always filled with fabulous parties, divine dinners and exquisite drinks. But, with all these late nights and lack of care as to what you eat, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep your stomach from bloating up. While bloating is a natural affect of the body, there are very quick and easy ways to avoid the bloat, so that you still look amazing in that bodycon holiday dress.
Start Your Day Off With Yogurt
If you don’t have a one-a-day yogurt habit already, it’s time to think about adopting the habit. Yogurt is filled with good bacteria that will keep the bad bacteria from causing undigested starch to ferment, which forms the gas that leads to stomach bloating. I suggest eating a yogurt and a banana for breakfast during the holiday season. The banana not only keeps you full, but is high in prebiotics which help the good bacteria in the yogurt do their job.
Get Up And Move
Doing just ten minutes of cardio while you’re feeling bloated can get your blood flowing, which helps move food more quickly through your system. Whether it’s hopping on the treadmill and running a quick mile, speed walking the dog on a nice day, or just simply jumping rope or doing jumping jacks for ten minutes can help release that pressure in your stomach.
Avoid Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. These vegetables are so high in fiber that it can be difficult to digest them. Definitely avoid eating these vegetables raw. If you are in the mood for a salad, dress your salad with tomatoes and cucumbers over a bed of romaine lettuce.
Do Some Stretching
There are certain yoga poses that can help release some of that pressure built up in your intestine. Lay on your back, wrap your arms around one of your knees, and gently pull that knee to your chest. Do this for eight to ten seconds while taking deep breaths and repeat with the other leg. Next, lay on your back and lift your legs until they are perpendicular to the ground. Again, hold this for eight to ten seconds while breathing deeply.
Watch Out For Fake Sugars
While it’s a great to try and avoid sugars during the holiday season, avoid reaching for sugar-free snacks or diet drinks, which often contain gas-inducing sorbitol. Instead, try flavored waters or a fruit and nut bar. These contain natural sugars which are much healthier for you than sorbitol.
Do This Mint, Not That Mint
Drinking a cup of peppermint tea after a large meal will help relax the muscles in your intestines which helps gas pass through rather than causing build up. Avoid chewing gum, especially sugarless. All of the excess air being swallowed while chewing gum can get trapped in your stomach leading to discomfort. If it’s fresh breath you’re seeking, try a breath mint or a minty mouth spray.