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Bloating and heartburn on Christmas days: This stimulates digestion
There is a lot of feasting on Christmas days in most families: Delicious cookies, the festive roast and sweet drinks such as punch and mulled wine are not only noticeable on the hips. They often also cause health problems such as heartburn or stomach pressure. Some tips can help reduce the consequences of gluttony.
Feast with consequences
Cookies, festive roast, punch, mulled wine and sparkling wine: Christmas is usually feasted more than usual. In addition, the movement is often neglected. This not only provides additional hip gold, but also sometimes leads to physical complaints. Gastric pressure, acid regurgitation, heartburn and a feeling of fullness are typical consequences of the treats on the holidays. But you can do something about it.
Exercise in the fresh air
One of the best ways to stimulate digestion is exercise. A short walk after eating can help to prevent symptoms such as bloating or flatulence.
Exercising in the fresh air not only gets the circulation going, it also stimulates blood flow to the intestine, making the meal easier to digest.
Health experts advise against cigarettes or schnapps as digestive aids.
The following applies to coffee and espresso: the drinks stimulate intestinal activity in some people and accelerate bowel emptying. They do not help with emptying the stomach.
For heartburn, home remedies such as chamomile tea are available.
Soothing abdominal massage
One way to calm a bloated belly is to do soothing abdominal massages that help stimulate digestion.
It is best to perform the massage calmly and evenly - without putting great pressure on the abdominal wall. Oils with lavender or caraway can be used for the massage.
In addition, heat therapy with a warm pillow or a hot water bottle can relax the muscles and have a beneficial effect.
Teas and herbs for indigestion
Various medicinal teas with fennel, caraway, lemon balm, chamomile or peppermint are also available as home remedies for bloated feelings. These have a calming and relaxing effect on the digestive tract.
Medications are also available for the various digestive disorders, but in most cases, active ingredients from nature can help just as well.
Spices such as caraway seeds, fennel and ginger are well-tried home remedies for stomach pain and flatulence.
Observe eating habits
In order to avoid digestive problems as far as possible, various eating habits should be observed.
It is generally a good idea to take your time to eat. Because when eaten quickly, too much air is swallowed and flatulence develops.
People who are very vulnerable should avoid bloating foods such as raw foods, beans or cabbages.
Excessive consumption of carbonated drinks also brings additional gases into the digestive tract and can lead to discomfort. Heartburn is triggered, among other things, by eating too spicy, too fatty or too rich.
Get rid of excess pounds
Anyone who has consumed excess calories during the Christmas season and therefore weighs more kilos should try after the holidays without losing a yo-yo effect.
Health experts particularly recommend regular exercise and a reduction in daily calorie intake. Most people find it difficult to follow a zero diet. It is advisable to rely on light food.
The motto here is to eat less fat, more protein, enough vegetables and less sugar. Vegetarian food is particularly recommended. (Ad)