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How to instantly get rid of that full feeling after a big holiday meal

The holiday season can go hand in hand with over-eating – it's so hard to say no to a second helping!

The consequences of overindulging can be painful – literally. If you're left feeling bloated after a big blow-out meal (it happens to us every year!), these five tips will help ease discomfort so that you can enjoy the rest of your holidays.

Carbonated water

Did you know that sipping on sparkling water can actually help with digestion? Research has shown that conditions such as indigestion can be relieved by drinking carbonated drinks. But remember, no big gulps please - that's a recipe for hiccups!

Peppermint tea

If you don't like sparkling water, opt for a comforting mug of peppermint tea, reputed for its ability to calm upset, bloated tummies by calming the stomach’s muscles.

Lemon in water

For a refreshing stomach-soother, add a few drops of lemon to a glass of water and sip slowly. The acidic pH of the lemon stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which in turn activates the digestive enzymes.

Lie down on your left side

Why the left side in particular? There's a scientific theory behind it: when you lie on your left side, the junction between the stomach and esophagus stays above the level of gastric acid, reducing discomfort and heartburn.

A light walk

Taking a short brisk walk after eating can get your blood pumping and your metabolism working effectively. This combination will help your organs process all that delicious food! It is not advised, however, to do any cardio-vascular exercise – such as running – for at least a couple of hours after eating a large meal.

Enjoy the holiday season and the festive food that comes with it, and don't feel guilty if you accidently overindulge!

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