We all want to look great and feel confident in that little black dress for the holiday party season. A lot of times we feel “BIG” in the middle not because of fat (thankfully!), but what’s going on in our stomach. Keeping our  digestive system happy, especially avoiding bloat, can go a long way in helping us look and feel slimmer.

Here are a few tips to help ban the bloat:

Use herbs such as basil,dill, ginger, fennel, and mint- all these herbs have gas relieving properties

-Introduce fiber-rich food gradually-fiber is great , but if you are not used to a fiber-rich diet, and suddenly eat a lot of fiber rich foods- your GI tract will act up.

-Cook beans properly- soak beans for at least 4 hours, and use spices and kombu( edible kelp-seaweed) to improve digestibility .

– Notice how your body reacts to vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, and moderate intake if necessary .

-Look for potential food intolerance (e.g: Lactose or Gluten) – if your body cannot digest  and assimilate these properly, they can cause gas.

-Yoga poses such as twisting can help relieve gas- these poses stimulate  the movement of the smooth muscles of the intestinal walls and help “move things along”.