Published: November 3, 2023, 12:00 IST
The holidays are a joyous time with lots of going out, lots of eating, and with that, lots of bloating. Bloating is a problem we all face, especially after a heavy meal. This is a bigger problem than usual during the holiday season, when there are a lot of indulgent meals. Bloating can ruin many outings, especially if you’ve had an outfit sewn especially for the occasion. As annoying as it can be, bloating is easy to avoid. Here are my tips for combating festive bloating.
Tips to Reduce Party Bloating
1. Hydrate yourself adequately
We talk a lot about hydration for good health, and rightly so. However, it is important to hydrate well to avoid bloating. Start your day with a glass of warm water or you can start your day with a glass of lemon juice to kickstart your digestive system. Drink water before or after each meal, but not during it. You can also sip teas throughout the day to stay hydrated while nourishing your body. Soft drinks are the main culprit, so replace them with fruit juice or flavored water.
2. Eat well
Bloating is a sign that your body hasn’t digested food properly, so be careful about what and how you eat. The path to a bloat-free existence begins with how you approach your meals. When you eat, take the time to chew your food thoroughly for optimal digestion. Stock up on fiber-rich foods to control bloating, and consider incorporating plenty of gut-friendly probiotics into your diet. Chana-dal and beans are notorious gas producers and are probably the reason for your bloating!
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3. Try These Yoga Poses
Before you start yoga, make sure your posture is correct – chest proud with shoulders pushed back – in your daily life.
* Viparita Karani or legs against the wall stretch your torso. Try it when you wake up and before bed.
* Cat and Cow Pose stretches your abdominal muscles and relieves tension in your stomach, reducing bloating.
* Pavan Muktasana is THE yoga pose to get rid of bloating. It’s the easiest and quickest way to release gas and reduce bloating.
* Ardha Matsyendrasana or the Spinal Twist and Supta Matsyendrasana or the Supine Spinal Twist are also great ways to relieve bloating. Any asana that involves twisting stretches your torso and abdominal muscles.
* Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose opens the chest and stretches the abdomen to reduce bloating.
Make these yoga poses for bloating a daily ritual for just 5 minutes and don’t forget to complement them with deep breathing exercises. A full inhale and exhale will do wonders to stretch your stomach and help you stay bloat-free while staying active.
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It’s important to pay attention to your body and listen to what it’s telling you to avoid festive bloating. The holiday season can be hectic, so it’s important to pay close attention to your body and mind. Yoga can help balance stress by giving you a moment of quiet relaxation and releasing the endorphins you need to beat stress while fighting bloating!
(Anshuka Parwani is a wellness columnist for Health Shots. She writes an exclusive bi-weekly column for the women’s health platform. India’s leading yoga and holistic wellness expert, Anshuka trains celebrities like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt. (A former pilot, she is the force behind Mumbai-based yoga studio Anshuka Yoga.)