7 easy ways to beat the bloat - Did you know that around two-thirds of women will experience bloating periodically in their life? One in five will experience bloating so severe that it will affect their lives and work lives. For some, it can be a regular (even daily) occurrence that brings with it immense discomfort. Here are my tips on decreasing the symptoms associated with bloating and getting your tummy feeling happy again!
Move your body
Going for a short walk, even though you may just feel like lying on the couch going for a short walk can relieve the pressure of the gasses around your stomach and the symptoms subside. Beat the bloat!
Making sure you are drinking plenty of water during the day (but not with your meals). Drinking water with your meals can dilute the stomach acid that needs to break down your food. We want the stomach acid to be concentrated to break down the foods.
Enjoy a cup of tea
Peppermint tea is known for its stomach calming qualities it has a relaxant and antispasmodic properties to help spasms in the gastrointestinal tract. Enjoying a few sips of peppermint tea before or during dinner can help detoxify the liver, a well functionally liver is vital for good digestive health. -
Make friends with herb
Add parsley to your dinner, not only is it high in iron, potassium calcium as well as folic acid its high enzyme content contributes in improving overall digestion and the effective elimination of waste
Know your nutrients
Have diets rich in potassium which are known to relieve cramping. It can provide relief from bloating by balancing and circulating body fluids. Try add strawberries, bananas or kiwis to your diet.
Hit the hay
Our body works on a fight or flight, so if we are tired or stressed our bodies uses its energy to focus on other areas and not digestion good properly which can cause uncomfortable bloating. Make sure you are getting 8 hours of quality sleep per night.
Eliminating foods that react with your stomach, and make sure when you are getting bloated, or gas pains that you write down what you have eaten so you can be able to identify what the food intolerance and avoid eating that food.
Jess Blair is an Australian Naturopath and Nutritionist who recently moved to Auckland with her young family. She prides herself on education and making realistic health changes for you and your family. Jess has two young boys, works and studies so she knows the importance of feeling your best at all times.