Flat tummy tips

Essentials (South Africa) - - HEALTH | NUTRITION -

✱ Eat mind­fully and chew slowly. This en­cour­ages food break­down and avoids ex­cess air build­ing up.

✱ Keep­ing a food and symptom diary is a good way to iden­tify foods caus­ing you tummy is­sues.

✱ Avoid ‘bloat foods’ – beans, pulses, onions, broccoli and cau­li­flower.

✱ Food in­tol­er­ances such as lac­tose and gluten can cause bloat­ing in some peo­ple – see a di­eti­tian about go­ing on an ex­clu­sion diet to as­sess the is­sue.

✱ Limit bloat­ing cul­prits like fizzy drinks and chew­ing gum

✱ Try mak­ing a ‘tummy tea’ – com­bine fresh mint, fennel and car­away seeds with hot wa­ter and drink after eat­ing. ‘ This is not good for in­di­ges­tion or heart­burn though, as re­lax­ing the gut wall can en­cour­age re­flux,’ warns Rob.

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