If you’re someone who regularly suffers from bloating, you’ll know about the discomfort it can bring on, but there’s no need to pull on those PJ bottoms just yet. Understanding what contributes towards it – this could be anything from bad eating habits, certain foods, medication, stress or hormones, to name a few – can help you beat the bloat.
- Watch what you eat
Including lots of healthy vegetables and pulses in our diets is undoubtedly good for us but there are certain foods such as beans, sprouts, cauliflower and onions that are known to cause bloating.
- Reduce stress
Take 10 minutes out if you feel you’re getting anxious as stress hormones can affect your digestive system. Try meditation or mindfulness.
- Keep hydrated
Keeping topped up with water throughout the day is the best way to keep your digestive tract moving and flush out your system.
- Up your fibre
Incorporate lots of whole grains into your diet to keep things moving along healthily – we’re talking about nuts, high-fibre fruits like dried apricot, and cereals.
- Avoid swallowing air and gases
Cut out fizzy drinks, chewing gum, and talking while eating – these are the culprits that introduce extra air into the digestive system.
- Cut out salt
Salt retains water in the body so avoid processed foods and ready meals and take the time to prepare your meals from scratch so you control how much salt they contain.
- Take probiotics
Studies have shown that certain probiotic supplements can help reduce both gas production, as well as bloating, by improving the bacterial environment in the digestive system.
- Downsize your meal portions
Remember that familiar bloating feeling when you’ve over-eaten at Christmas? Well, reducing your meal sizes will help prevent that.
- Limit alcohol intake
Alcohol dehydrates the body, causing it to hold onto as much water as possible, leading to that feeling of puffiness.
- Massage your stomach
Acupuncturists recommend massaging your belly to move things along – self-massage in a circular motion should help ease any discomfort.
Our Fruiteatox teas have been known to help drinkers feel less bloated thanks to the blend of natural ingredients including ginger root and fennel seeds. Why not give it a go between meals (and all those glasses of water) to keep hydrated and cleanse the body?