Ovens & Murray Advertiser

YOUR HEALTH

- With SOPHIE & BELINDA

HANDS up if you still feel full after Christmas day? Who ate too much in December in general? Did you love all the parties - the drinks, the sugar, the deserts, the meats?

Overeating throughout most of December seems to be a common theme, with work functions, family Christmas parties and lots of entertaini­ng.

For most of the season drinks and nibbles flow steadily onto dinner and we have a month of continuous eating and drinking!

If you stuffed yourself silly this Christmas and lashed out on richer foods or decided to ignore your body signs and eat those foods that give you indigestio­n, belly aches or fatigue ( just for one day) you may need some help with getting your digestion back on track. Instead of reaching for the Mylanta, try out these tips to settle an over full tummy.

Lemon in water: for mild cases of nausea, indigestio­n or abdominal bloating, squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water and drink three times a day.

Apple cider vinegar in water: this can be used as a preventati­ve if you are prone to indigestio­n or heartburn. Add ½ tsp of apple cider into a small glass of water and drink 10 minutes before each meal. If you forget and get indigestio­n, sip slowly on this brew and it should settle things down.

Peppermint tea: the best remedy for abdominal discomfort and wind. Make a really strong brew of loose leaf peppermint tea and steep for five to 10 minutes. The darker the colour and the fresher the leaves, the more therapeuti­c.

Fennel seeds: chew on some raw seeds or infuse them into your peppermint tea. Best taken after meals to aid digestion.

Probiotics - If the bloating is occurring lower down in the intestinal area rather than your stomach, probiotics in combinatio­n with the peppermint tea may be helpful.

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with Sophie Lorback (BHSCI. NATUROPATH­Y) ◆ OVEREATING: The extra and often naughty food we consume over the holiday period can haunt us for days, or even weeks afterward.

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