Had your share of sucking in, hiding your tummy under flowy shirts and that overpowering desire to unbutton your pencil skirt midday?
Bloating is a serious concern of the women I speak to because:
- its so damn uncomfortable
- we’d rather not look 5 months pregnant after every lunch.
So I thought I would dedicate a post to natural solutions to tame that uncomfortable feeling- sans starvation or liquid diets.
You’ve heard enough about the goodness that hangs out in your gut. But did you know it plays a role on the tautness of your tum? Probiotics are like the building blocks of your digestive system!
By keeping the balance of the ‘good bacteria’ in your gut strong, you are crowding out the opportunity for the bad guys to roam around and cause trouble and create dysbiosis.
Dysbiosis is a fancy way of saying that unhealthy bacteria has taken charge of your gut and a variety of symptoms have followed like bloating, diarrhea, brain fog, etc.
If you’re looking for a 1-2 punch when it comes to ridding yourself of bloating and belly troubles, consider purchasing a high quality probiotic. Supplements containing bacteria strains such as Lactobacillus acidophilus or Bifidobacterium lactis have been shown to help with bloating in particular.
Fiber does a couple things to tame the belly puff. First, it keeps you regular so that you can keep your body a high function detoxification machine. Be sure to pair with lots of water to keep things moving. Anything less than one bowel movement a day is a nudge that something isn’t goin’ down as it should.
Secondly, fibrous foods can act as a prebiotic. These are substances that actually help the good bacteria in your gut to thrive by acting as nourishment for the little microbes!
Feed your belly & feed your bacteria (win-win right!?)
3. CH CH CHEW
The more work you do to break down your food in your mouth, the less chaos that goes on in your stomach later on. Ease the burden of your digestive system by chewing your food slowly into a paste- your belly will thank you later!
I may as well mention that the slower you eat, the less likely you are going to go to town on that bag of popcorn. Eating slowly and mindfully allows our body to fully take in what we are doing (the scent, taste, texture, etc) and we feel fuller and more satisfied this way.
4. CUT THE FIZZ
If soda water is your token ‘skinny beach beverage’, read on!
As you sip away on that bubbly bev, you are consuming just that- carbondioxide dioxide GAS. So tame the bloat-belly and stick to iced herbal teas or fruit-infused waters for hydration, easy enough?
5. DITCH THE SWEET STUFF
As mentioned in #1, sugar has a bad habit of feeding that nasty colony of bacteria that live in your gut!
This can lead too all sorts of nasty intestinal concerns like candida overgrowth. Gas + bloat producing bacteria can be kept in check by monitoring your intake of the sugar and instead feeding the friendly (less gas producing) bacteria with the fibre in vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and fruits (in moderation).
One of the reasons you may be feeling a little ‘puffy’ is your body is holding onto a little extra water weight due to being dehydrated. It sounds counterintuitive but if your body isn’t getting all the water that it needs it can go into ‘panic mode’ retaining all the fluid it can.
So be sure you are getting your 2+ litres a day, and also that you get lots of pure hydration from fruits and veggies! Lastly, hydration will help dilute and eliminate the toxins and impurities, making your body less prone to get bloated or puffy.