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Beat the bloat - Turkish Tips!

3rd January 2019

Beat The Bloat – Turkish Tips!

If you’re feeling stretched after over indulging at Christmas and New Year, we have a few Turkish tips that may help beat the bloat!

Take advantage of the local ingredients at hand and ward off the dreaded post festive bulge!

Lemon Water

Lemon acts as a natural diuretic which, when paired with warm water, aids digestion and reduces water retention. Starting your day with this will kick start the metabolism and settle the stomach.  Add cinnamon or ginger to add flavour.

Teas (Linden, Chamomile, Peppermint)

The above herbal teas really can help dissipate gas that causes your stomach to bloat - by improving digestion.  Linden , Chamomile and Peppermint teas also help you relax which can help ease stomach cramps or discomfort.  Sip on these to help appease the bloated feeling, they will help your body rehydrate and calm down your stomach.

Turkish yogurt and Kefir

Making probiotics a regular part of your diet can help keep the bacteria in your gut happy, which in turn regulates your digestive system and reduces bloat.  Perfect to settle an uncomfortable tummy, also full of good bacteria and protein.

Cucumbers

Crunchy and delicious, cucumbers are also known for flushing out excess water weight.  Light on the tummy and soothing, they help settle acid and gas.  Packed with nutrients and low in calories, cucumbers can be snacked on whenever you choose, without too much detriment.

Ginger

Ginger has been known for its medicinal properties all over the world for centuries.  Great for its calming effects, ginger reduces painful bloating to an upset stomach.  Ginger contains an enzyme that absorbs proteins, reducing protein-induced puffiness and gas.  Make tea, use in stir frys, cooking, baking, anything you like.

Coffee

Say yes to that Turkish coffee!  Ever wonder why that morning latte always has you running for the bathroom? It's because caffeine stimulates colonic muscle contractions that are similar to the ones experienced after eating a big meal. So if you're struggling with constipation, enjoy a coffee – Turkish will work especially well due to its strength!

Lettuce

Leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, spinach and kale are filled with important nutrients that help to reduce bloating.  They also contain lots of fiber to help you stay healthy and keep things moving!  Lettuce and other leafy green veg can help keep you fuller for longer too.

What to avoid!

Gassy vegetables! Although healthy, these veg will not help you beat the bloat.  Cabbage, beans, brussel sprouts are all likely to cause more gas and constipation. 

Salt and magnesium! Experts blame salt for being one of the biggest factors in bloating.  When you eat too much it causes fluid build-up that increases your blood volume and makes your heart work faster.  Too much salt can cause a distended stomach, try and cut back on your intake and check labels – if it’s over 20% salt it’s probably too high whilst bloated.

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