Feeling bloated? Sometimes the key to a less bloated tummy (if you don't suffer from food intolerance or digestive issues, of course) is pretty straightforward: eat more fibre, and more anti-inflammatory foods.
Fibre is a pretty game changing nutrient. It increases the feeling of fullness, which is good for general satiety when you're eating meals, but it also 🙅 REAL TALK KLAXON 🙅 softens your stools which makes them easier to pass - which in turn stops bloating.
So to decrease the bloating in your life, nutritionist Tom Oliver gave us the low down on fibre-rich and anti-inflammatory foods that should be your flat tummy weapons...
Oats are full of fibre, and also beta-glucans, which are amazing for your digestion. The easiest way to get your oats in the morning is a creamy serving of porridge, or oats with greek yoghurt. But if you're not a porridge fan, or can't digest dairy, try oat milk in your coffee, tea, cereal or protein shake (we like Oatly).
Avocado naturally detoxifies the body, and recent studies have shown that the dietary fibre in avocados also regulate your immune system and inflammation. Tom recommends an avocado every other day.
3. CITRUS FRUITS
Oranges, Lemons and grapefruits relieve bloating as they are citrus fruits that are rich in water. Fruits that are high in water content help to hydrate you, which also encourages your body to let go of excess water. Lemons are a gently laxative and diuretic when you add it to a warm glass of water, additionally lemon water eliminates salt retention which stops bloating. Tom says: 'If you struggle to eat 3 citrus fruits a day, that you try infusing your water with a lemon, orange or a grapefruit.
4. GREEK YOGHURT
Greek yogurt is already pre-digested, meaning the milk sugar is broken down and ensuring you don’t have the same bloating or gassy response you can often have to milk. Active cultures lactobacillus and acidophilus found in yogurt can ease symptoms of bloating, too. Tom recommends Fage Greek Yoghurt, which has a lower sugar content than most brands.
5. SWEET POTATO
Sweet pots are packed full of fibre, are very filling and will also fix your sweet tooth and satisfy your chip craving. Tom suggests getting creative with sweet potato noodles or toast.
Honeydew melon offers an easy way to help detox and flush out excess toxins from the body while providing an additional natural source of water. A compound found in these melons called Cucumis melo acts as a natural diuretic causing you to urinate excess water and salt out of your body. Whilst you may be flushing excess toxins from your body, these fruits also act as a natural electrolyte replacement due to the high level of potassium, relieving uncomfortable systems of bloating.
There’s more than a few good reasons why our longing for thick, luscious hair becomes more acute in the summer months. Thick hair will stay put in a sporty pony tail from breakfast through to beach bar, whilst elegant up styles remain firmly in place throughout the long hot party evenings.
But it’s not only a looks thing. Typically 25% wider in diameter than the average fine hair strand, thick hair can withstand the battering of sea and sun far more successfully than fine, needing a lot less maintenance to keep healthy for longer.
But if, like an estimated one third of the population, you’ve had to settle for fine, flyaway hair, help is at hand. Omega 3 MOPL, ethically produced from herring caviar, is rich in vitamin A, an essential ingredient for improving the elasticity and quality of healthy hair follicles. A recent study (1) showed that Omega 3 MOPL is 80% better absorbed over a 12 hour period than normal fish oil, making it the ideal supplement choice to encourage a rapid improvement in hair strength and thickness.
Ricky Walters, head stylist at the upmarket Daniel Galvin Salon at the Corinthia Hotel in London, has been stocking Omega 3 MOPL Herring Caviar for nearly two years and many of his clients report thicker, more manageable hair after taking it.
‘I first came across the Omega 3 MOPL Herring Caviar a couple of years ago through a client who had used it,’ says Ricky. ‘My client had experienced some hair growth problems but since taking Omega 3 MOPL she had a headful of fuller, thicker hair – and she was absolutely thrilled with it.
‘We started stocking it at the salon and it flew off our shelves. Now around 20% of our clients regularly take Omega 3 MOPL, many of whom had had significant hair problems including thinning hair. It really seems to help with hair growth and thickness.’
Kelly Small, 25, a clinic co-ordinator at a London dental practice who lives in central London, has been taking Omega 3 MOPL for ten months to combat her fine, soft hair.
‘Although hairdressers have told me I have a lot of hair, it has always been very fine, soft and thin looking,’ says Kelly. ‘I found that confusing – how could you have a lot of hair but it still look thin? But my hairdresser explained that I was lacking density in the individual hair strands.'
‘Over the years I have tried a few different supplements, including sea kelp and tablets specifically designed to strengthen hair and nails. However, nothing really worked and I didn’t take them for very long. Instead I used hair extensions on nights out to provide extra volume and spent a lot of time blow drying my hair.'
‘Last June, my hairdresser mentioned Omega 3 MOPL and suggested I try it. He said it had worked well for other clients who had fine hair so I was happy to give it a try. My hair started to improve after three months of taking it, although it was other people who noticed the difference in my hair before I even did!'
‘Friends started commenting on how shiny my hair was and how much thicker it looked. One friend even asked me if I was wearing hair extensions. On my next visit to my hairdresser he couldn’t believe the condition of my hair, saying how much stronger and thicker it was than before, which was amazing.'
‘At around Christmas time, I found my hair felt fuller, as if each strand of hair was thicker. And when I wore a pony tail it actually felt as if I had a good chunk of hair in the band rather than just a thin sliver!'
‘For the first time in my life, rather than fine wisps I now have reasonably thick hair and I am delighted with the improvement. I haven’t particularly changed my diet or lifestyle during this time other than take Omega 3 MOPL so I will continue to take it and hopefully my hair will continue to improve.’
Omega-3 MOPL™ Herring Caviar is available from all good health food shops including Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic and at Holland & Barrett from August or online at www.tomolivernutrition.com RRP £24.99 for 30 tablets or £39.99 for 60 tablets.
Watsons is the largest health care and beauty care chain store in Asia. It is a member of the A.S. Watson Group, majority-owned by CK Hutchinson Holdings. It operates over 700 stores in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and Estonia.
We had a fantastic launch period with training of all the pharmacists over 4 days of seminars. Here are some photos of the events.