Ask Dr Libby

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH - Dr Libby is a a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional. Her new book, Ac­ci­den­tally Over­weight, can help you

Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­ Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered.

calm­ing her­bal teas that can be great to soothe an ir­ri­tated di­ges­tive sys­tem. It’s also im­por­tant that you keep hy­drated.

Avoid drink­ing too much wa­ter just be­fore, dur­ing or af­ter a meal be­cause it can dis­rupt di­ges­tion.

Fo­cus on chew­ing your food prop­erly. In the rush of mod­ern life many peo­ple in­hale their food. You should chew your food at least 10-20 times be­fore swal­low­ing. Some peo­ple find it help­ful to put their knife and folk down in be­tween bites to as­sist this process. Eat­ing too fast can cer­tainly im­pact bloat­ing/gas and di­ges­tion in gen­eral.

Be­ing hard on your­self for not stick­ing to res­o­lu­tions is of­ten more de­struc­tive.

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