Natural Ways to Deal With Bloat

Uncategorized Jul 17, 2019

5 Natural Ways to Deal with Bloating

Do you ever feel a bit “overextended” in the belly after a meal? Perhaps “gassy?” Have you ever carried a “food baby?”

Well, bloating is common. Up to 25-30% of people experience it regularly. It happens when you have trouble digesting. The symptoms come from excess gas, reactions to foods, or food not moving through you as well as it could.

There are many reasons you might experience these symptoms. Maybe because of a serious condition (disease), or a food allergy or intolerance (what you eat). It can also result from how you eat.

If you have a serious digestive issue like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis then make sure you eat accordingly to those guidelines set by your physician. Same goes if you know certain foods give you gas. Simply avoid them.

If you’re already doing those things, and still experience bloating, here are some great tips for dealing with it naturally.

 

1 - Don’t overeat

If you overeat at a meal, then you’ll feel bigger around the mid-section. You’ll feel more pressure in your abdomen. Plus, you’re giving your digestive system a hard time. It’s better to eat until you feel almost full and not overindulge. Grab an extra snack or small meal throughout the day if you have to. Just don’t over-stuff yourself in one sitting. This is were eating 5-6 SMALL meals would be very beneficial.

 

2 - Avoid sugar alcohols

 Sugar alcohols are low-calorie sweeteners made from sugars. In an ingredients list, they end in "-ol,” and include things like sorbitol, xylitol, and erythritol. They’re found in some chewing gums and sugar-free foods. Some people experience bloating after eating foods with these. So, try avoiding them and see if that helps you.

 

3 - Avoid swallowing air

Sometimes the gas that causes pressure in your digestive system is from swallowing air. Things like carbonated drinks are the biggest culprit here. You can also swallow air when you chew gum or drink through a straw, so try ditching these.

You can also swallow air when eating too quickly or while talking. Which leads me to...

 

4 - Eat slower, more mindfully, and less stressed

Eating too fast isn’t doing your digestive system any favors. You can help the food move along by chewing it thoroughly so that it mixes with the saliva before swallowing. The saliva mixes with the Hydrochloric acid (aka stomach acid) which helps the stomach and other organs not have to exhort so much energy towards breaking down the foods.  Be mindful and enjoy the time you are spending eating your meals. Savor them.

The feeling of stress can also cause increased bloating. Stress-reducing techniques can help improve your digestion. Try meditating or deep breathing (but not while you’re eating). :)

{Read out blog on Meditation and Mindfulness, click here.} 

Join our 5 day Mindfulness Challenge to help reduce stress and learn new techniques to cope with chronic stress, click here

 

5 - Try peppermint

Peppermint oil has been shown to improve bloating. It’s thought to increase transit time by relaxing the stomach muscles and increasing the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder. Try steeping fresh peppermint leaves, or a peppermint tea bag, and drinking it slowly. See if that helps reduce your symptoms. You can drink it throughout the day or in the evenings.

 

Conclusion

There are a bunch of natural ways to deal with bloating.

First, avoid it by not eating things that give you gas or aggravate a digestive issue, if you don’t know what those foods are try keeping a 5 day journal tracking, food/mood/poop and see if you can find anything that may trigger discomfort, or schedule a free consultation with me, here.

Try not to overeat, consume sugar alcohols, or swallow air. Also, eating more mindfully and reducing stress can help too. Finally, if you are experiencing bloating, enjoy a cup of peppermint tea.

If you do all of these, and still experience bloating, then you may have a food intolerance; this could be from an allergy or intolerance. If you have a major concern, then please see your doctor. Your doctor can help to rule out a serious and/or chronic condition.

 

Recipe (peppermint): Peppermint Mocha Creamer

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ½ cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder, unsweetened
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract or essential oil (food-grade and safe for internal use)
  • 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined.
  2. Store in a sealed container in your fridge.

Serve & enjoy!

Tip: While the non-peppermint ingredients in this creamer may or may not be “de-bloating” for you, try these ideas too:

  • Grow peppermint yourself;
  • Chew on the fresh leaves; and/or
  • Steep them for tea.

 

References:

 

https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-ways-to-reduce-bloating/

https://www.dietvsdisease.org/how-to-get-rid-of-bloating/

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/fix-gut-fix-health

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