Stomach bloating affects most people at some point in their lives, leaving the tummy feeling gassy and uncomfortable.
It’s usually caused by difficulty digesting certain foods, leading to trapped wind.
For some, a bloated stomach only happens once in a while, after a big weekend for example.
But for others it is a more common occurrence, which can be very uncomfortable to live with.
In any case, many people will suffer from a bloated tummy over the Christmas period, when we tend to over-indulge in food and drink.
Over-eating and drinking can take its toll on the stomach, as the digestive system battles to digest all the food and drink consumed.
Some types of food cause more problems for the digestive system than others.
One popular Christmas vegetable which is difficult to digest, is the Brussels sprout.
This is because Brussels sprouts contain a carbohydrate called raffinose.
The human body lacks the enzymes needed to break down raffinose, so it passes through the stomach and small intestine undigested.
When Brussels sprouts enter the large intestine, bacteria attempt to break them down through fermentation.
This causes gas and flatulence, leading to that uncomfortable bloated feeling.
Brussels sprouts are in the cruciferous family of vegetables, and other vegetables in this group can also cause bloating.
These include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and asparagus.
Instead of adding Brussels sprouts to your Christmas dinner, you could replace them with other non-cruciferous vegetables, such as carrots.
Don’t cut out vegetables entirely from your Christmas dinner – it’s important to ensure you still aim to get your five-a-day.
Other common culprits of a bloated stomach include stodgy and fast foods, as well as soft drinks and beer – so try to cut down on these over the Christmas period too.
“Most of us have experienced the feeling of being bloated, when your tummy is stretched, puffy and uncomfortable,” said the NHS.
“Get rid of bloating by cutting out fizzy drinks and foods that cause wind.”
“But make sure you still eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.”