Thanksgiving is an exciting time of year where people get together with their families and friends, over a lot of yummy food and drinks. The excitement of so much food may cause you to overeat leaving you with that post-thanksgiving bloated feeling. I manage to eat 4 family dinners every year without that dreaded feeling using these ten tips.
1) Avoid Cooking with Salt
Too much salt causes the body to retain water, especially around your stomach, causing a bloating feeling. Avoid this by limiting the amount of salt you use. This will benefit you and your guests.
2) Avoid Carbonated Drinks
This is pretty self-explanatory; skip the carbonated drinks at dinner. The fizzy bubbles in soda, sparkling water and beer cause gas to get trapped in your stomach making you look bloated. During your thanksgiving feast try sticking to water or tea. If you don’t like drinking plain water add sliced limes, lemons, strawberries or cranberries.
3) Avoid Swallowing Air
Thanksgiving dinner will be filled with conversation. Try to have your conversations before or after dinner. Sometimes talking and eating at the same time causes you to unconsciously swallow air which leads to bloating and belching. Also remember to eat slowly; because when you eat to fast you are once again unconsciously swallowing air with your food, which is causing you to bloat.
Many people think it’s a good strategy to prep for thanksgiving dinner by not eating all day, to justify eating as much as they want during dinner. This strategy is not beneficial in combating thanksgiving bloating. By starving your body of food it stores whatever it can to ration energy for later, slowing down your metabolism. Once you feast at your dinner, your body reacts as if it’s the last meal, because it may have a long period of starvation ahead again. Instead, try eating small meals and snacks during the day. This will keep your metabolism moving and probably protect you from the desire to over eat at dinner.
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Probiotics are a healthy type of bacteria living in the digestive tract. Probiotics can assist in reducing bloating. You can get your probiotics from yogurt, but if dairy doesn’t agree with you, there are probiotic supplement you can take such as: acidophilus and bifidus.
6) Apple Cider Vinegar
Have a tablespoon or two of organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to treat your thanksgiving bloating. You can take it before, during, or after your meal to deal with your digestive distress.
7) Fennel Seed
Fennel is a digestive tract savior. These seeds can be chewed upon or put in tea to relieve digestive problems. In India, they are regularly chewed on after meals to aid in digestion while also acting as a herbal mouth freshener.
8) Ginger Tea
Ginger is a herb that is used to soothe the digestive tract. It is an effective carminative that helps to alleviate gas, bloating and cramps. The herb also thins blood and improves circulation, which further helps to relieve bloating. Have some ginger tea after your thanksgiving dinner to relieve any abdominal pain that often accompanies bloating.
9) Peppermint Oil
Menthol found in peppermint oil has a variety of beneficial influences on the digestive system. The use of peppermint oil can help stomach gas to pass through your system more easily and help to reduce painful cramps and bloating.
After dinner talk a walk or initiate a family football game. The act of moving helps your digestive system process all the calories and nutrients you consumer. When you exercise this will help the air or gas trapped in your system, quickly pass through your digestive track.
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