Beat the Bloat
I think it's safe to say we've all been bloated. Whether its from a big meal, pms, or eating something you're sensitive to. Bloating sucks, you feel uncomfortable and you just want to wear baggy sweats until it passes. Being bloated occasionally is normal, but if you find you're always bloated I would recommend an elimination diet, or seek a professional!
I find the most common causes of bloating is from consuming lots of dairy, gluten and wheat depending on how much you consume. I personally went through a phase of feeling bloating basically every single day. I was feeling helpless and unsure of where to look in my diet. I like to call myself the queen of bloating because I know what will bloat me and I know how to prevent it or help it go away as fast as possible!
I personally try to keep dairy, wheat and gluten out of my diet but its just not possible for me all the time. Indulging here and there is okay for me! Balance is key (unless of course these foods really make you sick). You can use these tips everyday to promote a healthy gut which in turn should reduce bloating!
Ways to Get Rid of your Bloat
3. Anti-inflammatory foods
4. Lemon Water
5. Less Coffee…
Herbal teas can aid in digestion which can help reduce symptoms like bloating. My favourite teas that are great to help bloating are green tea and rooibos tea. Rooibos tea is great for pain relief and reducing inflammation. The compound in the Rooibos tea called anti-spasmodic helps specifically to alleviate abdominal pain (also a really great tea for cramps during your flow). Green tea is a great anti-oxident and also has anti-inflammatory properties!
Probiotics are important to help balance the good bacteria in our guts. If you experience bloating frequently I would look into a probiotic supplement. Visit your health foods store or natural isle in the grocery store to find one! Kimchi is another form of healthy “good” bacteria. Kimchi is Korean fermented vegetables. Kimchi promotes good digestion! During the fermentation process of Kimchi is how it sources its probiotics.
Focusing on a diet that incorporates whole foods with anti-inflammatory properties should gear you away from bloating. Try eliminating Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, and Shadow Vegetables for 5-21 days and see how your body feels. Slowly incorporate them back into your diet and see how it reacts. This could help you figure out what the cause of your bloat is! Focus on whole foods like dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, squashes, cabbage, avocados, legumes, and fruits. If you want more information on the elimination diet there’s some great resources you can find in your search engine!
Lemons, lemons and more lemons! Drinking lemon water is so good for the gut, and of course also the skin. Lemon water acts as a digestive and detoxifying agent! Heat up some hot water, add lemon and apple cider vinegar. ACV has so many health benefits and one includes great for digestion! This might be one of my favourites.
Okay so if you’re like me and enjoy the taste of a good coffee you might not like what I’m about to say… Sometimes it’s good to take a break from coffee. There are positives and negatives to coffee depending on your own body. If you are experiencing lots of bloating I would try and take a break from it. Even just 5-7 days can make a difference. Sometimes coffee can speed up our digestive system making our food move too fast. This break from coffee can slower things down and help your digestion!
I hope you find these tips helpful and let me know if they’ve worked for you! Do you have any great tips for bloating that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments as i’m always look for ways to improve my gut health!