Naomi Beinart PhD shares her top tips
There’s nothing worse than feeling bloated, so we asked an expert, to give us the low down on the best natural remedies for a flat tummy. Medical nutritionist Naomi Beinart PhD has shared five of the best natural remedies to beat the bloat. Once you’re clued up on these, we recommend adding these foods for a flatter stomach to your trolley next time you’re doing your weekly food shop. You can thank us later.
Fennel and peppermint
If you feel that you look 5 months pregnant after eating a meal, then fennel and peppermint will soon become your best friends. Many people swear by these two herbs to alleviate gas and stomach cramping after meals, especially during December when an excess of food and alcohol is the norm. Fennel in particular is anti-spasmodic (i.e. anti-cramping) and can be a life-saver for those who find themselves unable to control their craving for sweet foods.
My favourite wild flower does much more than just brighten up your local park – dandelions have been used for hundreds of years to improve our health. Dandelions contain vitamins (such as A, C and E) and are also a natural diuretic, helping to flush excess toxins out of the body – very handy at this time of the year when we want to enjoy all of the festivities, but don’t want to feel bloated or unwell because of it. Dandelion is especially helpful if you have trouble digesting fats (even the ‘good’ fats, such as those from salmon, seeds or oils). Taking dandelion may help to maintain a proper flow of bile, which is produced by the liver and is necessary for the break-down of fat.
The perfect detoxifying herb, the stinging nettle that we tried so hard to avoid during our childhood years is something we should be grabbing with open arms this winter. Nettle is what I like to call a super-herb as it naturally contains lots of vitamins and minerals to help you recover from party season. The added bonus is that nettle is a natural diuretic that can help to flush out excess toxins.
Aloe Vera is a great natural remedy for gas and bloating. Studies have shown that Aloe Vera can reduce flatulence after meals. A recent study showed that Aloe Vera can reduce overgrowth of the yeast Candida Albicans. Candida overgrowth is a very common problem for many people, especially at times when rich foods and alcohol are consumed in abundance. Symptoms include feeling bloated, gassy and fatigued – the exact opposite of how you want to look and feel during the holiday season! Taking Aloe Vera daily in small amounts should help to keep nasty symptoms in check.
One of India’s most famous ayurvedic digestive tonics, Triphala is made from equal parts of three fruits: haritaki (Terminalia chebula), bibhitaki (Terminala belerica) and amla (Emblica officinalis). It has been traditionally recommended by practitioners to maintain a healthy digestive tract by detoxifying the colon and reducing the issue of bloating and constipation. As a toxin digester it helps to clear stagnation in the bowel and as a mild laxative it banishes constipation without causing dependency. Overall triphala improves the health of the colon and the keeps your bowel movements regular. Just _2g of triphala has potent antioxidant activity higher than a whole cup of cherries.
Naomi reccomends taking Pukka Herbs Cleanse tea, organic Aloe Vera juice and organic Triphala capsules each day for a month to alleviate bloating and restore gut health. Visit pukkaherbs.com for more information.