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6 steps to beat the Christmas party bloat

digestive health Dec 18, 2019

We’re all prone to a little indulgence at Christmas, but rich food and overeating can play havoc with your digestion leaving you bloated and uncomfortable. It’s not surprising - we consume on average 6,000 calories on Christmas Day alone. That’s three times the recommended daily intake for women!

There are a variety of reasons why the holidays create more tummy troubles than the rest of the year:

  • You often eat more than you usually would, putting pressure on the digestive system.
  • You might be drinking a lot more when you eat – whether it’s prosecco at a party or red wine on Christmas Day – and this dilutes stomach acid, making it harder to properly digest your food.
  • More rich, creamy foods than you’re used to can trigger heartburn or reflux or else make IBS symptoms worse.

Though festive food and drink can be tough on the digestive system, it doesn’t have to be this way. Just follow my expert tips to trouble-proof your tummy...

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Get to the bottom of your IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a problem I see so often in clinic and it is problematic on many different levels. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, you may well have been suffering with it for years and, while a diagnosis can – at first– offer comfort in finally having a recognised problem, the satisfaction is short-lived because often that’s where all support ends, and you’re left no further forward in actually fixing what the problem is.The difficulty begins because IBS is essentially meaningless; it’s a catch-all term used to encompass a huge variety of digestive issues. If you’re serious about getting to the bottom of the problem (no pun intended), I’m happy to discuss your symptoms and help find a way forward. You can book a free IBS health check with me by clicking here.

In my experience, it’s likely to be one of the following five conditions.

1 SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)

Around 60% of people with IBS...

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