19/08/2016

Beating The Bank Holiday Bloat!

The August Bank Holiday is the last hurrah of summer and the last Bank Holiday of the year and is always a good excuse to throw caution to the wind when it comes to sensible food choices and alcohol consumption.  Consequently many of us end up with that dreaded bank holiday bloat which can be both uncomfortable and also make us feel more self-conscious too.
According to leading London dietitian Emer Delaney (BSc. (Hons), RD, BDA, INDI): 

“If you’ve spent the bank holiday indulging in fatty or over-processed foods, sweet treats and excess alcohol, the chances are, you’ll be feeling a little bloated.  Alcohol and food choices can adversely affect gut flora in our digestive tract, leading to a build-up of gasses in the intestines causing bloating and abdominal discomfort.”

Digestive bloat and trapped wind are common problems that many people simply grin and bear with.  However, according to Dietitian Emer Delaney, there are some natural and easy ways to help reduce post-bank holiday bloating:

Tip One: Increase your water intake. It may seem counter-intuitive to drink water when you’re feeling full and bloated, but it will definitely help! If you’re drinking plenty of water, you’re sending signals to your body that it’s okay to release the water and sodium that makes you feel bloated in the first place.

Tip TwoCut out sugar from your diet for a few days.  Sugar feed the ‘bad’ bacteria overgrowth in the gut, prolonging the bloating.

Tip Three: Chew your food really thoroughly. Give your digestive system a head start by chewing food really thoroughly, making it easier on the stomach, and also triggering digestive enzymes to be released via your saliva and digestive juices to help break it down.

Tip Four: Try a good quality probiotic supplement. The best way to support gut health is to introduce probiotics. There are many different types on the market but only a handful are supported by sound clinical evidence. One I recommend to patients is Alflorex®, a food supplement containing the unique 35624™ culture.  The 35624™ culture has been clinically studied in IBS patients and has been shown to increase regularity, decrease gas and bloating and help prevent constipation and diarrhoea.

Tip Five: Swap the latte for a fennel tea. Clinical studies have shown that drinking 2-3 cups of fennel tea every day can help regulate contractions of the small intestine and gas expulsion too. Fennel also relaxes the gut, which can help relieve GI tract spasms.

Alflorex® is:
·      Backed by robust science Alflorex is supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical studies.
·      Available over-the-counter, no prescription needed
·      Contains B-infantis 35624 a proven probiotic species
·      No need for refrigeration.
·      Only 1 capsule per day, taken with or without food
·      For best results take Alflorex daily for at least 4 weeks
·      No contraindications

Alflorex is now available from Boots, Rowlands and Day Lewis pharmacies nationwide in the UK. RRP is £29.95. For more information, visit www.alflorexbiotics.com/


*This is a collaborative post

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