Feeling bloated? Jeans a little too snug? Experiencing embarrassing gas?
If this all sounds familiar, do not be disheartened. Read my 7 easy tips that will help give you a happier (and flatter) tummy and does not involve nasty, expensive medication or making drastic dietary changes …
- Stop Feeding The Bloat
Remove fibre from your diet for the next two weeks. Whilst this seems counter-intuitive, your high fibre diet may be feeding the pathogenic bacteria that is causing your bloating.
When you do re-introduce fibre do it slowly. The best sources are found in plant-based foods such as vegetables and nuts.
Also, make sure you are properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This is key to regular flowing bowel movements.
Lastly, refined sugary foods such as cakes, sweets and all the white stuff (i.e. pasta, bread and noodles) are a big no-no. They also can feed the less friendly bugs in our gut, causing them to over proliferate. So keep these foods to a minimum.
- Start Replacing Digestive Enzymes
We want to promote the growth of good bacteria and natural enzymes. One of the best kept secrets of Asian culture is fermented foods. They regularly consume fermented foods such as Kefir, Sauerkraut, and Kimchee. They’re packed full of good bacteria and digestive enzymes.
However, sourcing these ingredients and knowing how to prepare them isn’t exactly easy is it?! That’s where PROACTAZYME saves the day because it contains all the enzymes you need.
Remember … you are not what you eat but what you digest and absorb. You could have the most perfect diet but if you don’t digest effectively, food will be pushed through the gut undigested, where it will sit and rot, creating gas, toxins and bloating.
- Chew Your Food
I know it’s an obvious one, but if most of us were to time how long we take to eat our meals, we’d be shocked. It’s very important to take at least 20–30 minutes to eat any meal and to chew your food thoroughly rather than just knock it back. A simple little tip is to set your knife and fork down between mouthfuls.
If we take in food that is only partially chewed, the stomach and lower intestine have to work that much harder to break it down.
So embrace slowing down, and savouring your food.
- Introduce Soothing Foods & Drinks
Food and drinks that have a calming effect on digestion may also help with bloating. For example … lemon in hot water, fresh mint, ginger, turmeric, fennel, and ALOE VERA. Also adding PEPPERMINT OIL to a cold or warm drink does wonders for your tummy.
- Reduce Stress
The brain bowel connection is powerful. We’ve all had that feeling of feeling sick in our gut when faced with a stressful situation, consequently causing our appetite to disappear. This is because the digestive system is re routing blood to our muscles in readiness to run away from a perceived danger. This is called the fight or flight response. In today’s stressful, busy lives, the problem is we are activating this response all the time whether a meeting with our boss or someone pushing in front of us in the queue. The issue is, our bodies can’t differentiate between a real life threatening situation and one that is just a little stressful. So the same response is generated and can have a pretty huge effect on our digestive processes.
I know it’s easier said than done but try your best to chill. Eat when you’re not engaged in stressful activities. Get away from your desk for lunch, and turn off your phone and the news while eating!
- Sleep More
Lack of sleep is closely linked to stress. It heightens the production of cortisol, the same chemical produced during fight or flight.
Eating just before bed can mean you are sleeping on a full stomach, and your body does very little digestion during the dark hours. So get your last meal in at least 2 hours before bed to allow for proper digestion.
Incorporating a greens supplement like LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL will accelerate banishing bloating.
Studies have shown that non-drug supplements like greens have the power to deflate that bloating feeling three times as fast as drugs.
I hope this post helps. Give them a try and let me know how you get on. Got any juicy tips you’d like to share? As always, I’d love to hear from you.