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Health and wellbeing | 16.12.2016

Beat the bloat: 6 ways to be kind to your tummy over Christmas

 

It’s that time of the year again, fondly termed 'the silly season'. It’s hard to stay in control of your health regime when everyone is in a jolly old festive mood and keen to party like its 1999.  

Once off the wagon, you’re full of alcohol, hydrogenated fats, sugar and crap food choices. Before you know it, you feel like Santa’s belt won’t fit around your bulge. All the hard yakka you’ve done in the last couple of months to move the winter pudge is suddenly out the window, but you still have to bare your butt at the beach some time over the summer break. 

Today, I want to share with you six of the best natural remedies to incorporate into your diet to relieve the bloat and bulge. 

But first – here’s my absolute favourite summer detox mocktail to freshen up your complexion and shift the toxic tummy syndrome. 

mukti's Summer detox mocktail

Fresh organic stuff you need:

1 handful of fresh coriander or parsley

Juice of 1 lemon

1 Lebanese cucumber

1 tablespoon grated ginger

1 tablespoon aloe vera leaf juice

6 cubes of ice 

Prep: Add all ingredients to a blender and whizz to a delicious green puree. If you need to cover the blender blades, add a smidge of h2O.

Drink before bed and upon waking or guzzle it any old time of the day. 

6 natural tummy-soothers

LEMON WATER – Assists with alkalising the body, breaking down food and eliminating bacteria. Lemons are also packed with minerals and vitamins and an acid that aids digestion. Drinking warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice keeps you hydrated as well. 

PEPPERMINT – Contains menthol oil that relaxes the intestinal wall muscles and prevents the restriction of the bile duct and gall bladder, chilling it right out. It helps with eliminating the build-up of gas and moving food through the stomach by increasing peristaltic motion. The simplest way to consume peppermint is in the form of tea or if you have it growing fresh in your herb garden, pick and munch especially after eating. 

GINGER – Is a reputed calmative that contains constituents such as gingerols and shogaols that release swelling and relax the intestinal muscles. It’s great for bloating, gas and motion sickness. Grate it and add it to meals, veggies and salads or cut a few thin slices and steep in boiling water for 5 minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon and honey and voila.  

CHAMOMILE TEA – Relaxes and calms muscles and prevents swelling. It can also eliminate heartburn. 

FENNEL SEEDS – These ward off bacteria and have diuretic and carminative properties. They assist with bloating and aiding digestion through relaxing the digestive tract. Chew on a few seeds after finishing a meal or add 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of hot water. Steep and strain. 

CARAWAY SEEDS – Carvol and carvene, two consitituents found in caraway seeds, soothe the muscles of the intestinal tract and force gas out, reducing and eliminating bloating. Chew on a few after meals or crush the seeds to make a tea. 

The magic of Mukwahs 

Ever wondered what the little snack bowl filled with seeds at your favourite Indian restaurant is? It’s called Mukwahs and it freshens the breath and aids the digestion. Here’s how to make it.

Stuff you’ll need:

2 tablespoons whole fennel seeds

2 teaspoons caraway seeds

2 teaspoons anise seeds

2 tablespoons shredded coconut

½ teaspoon powdered licorice root

1½ teaspoon powdered cinnamon

¼ teaspoon powdered cloves

A few drops of rose water 

Prep: Toast the seeds in a dry pan over a medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove when they become fragrant. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle with rose water and leave to dry. Store in an airtight container once the liquid has evaporated. 

Do you tend to overindulge at Christmas time? If you have any tips of your own on how to beat the bloat and bulge at this time of year, please share them with us below and you'll go into our bi-monthly draw to win $150 worth of Mukti products of your choice.

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