One of the most uncomfortable and irritating physical experiences is a bloated tummy, that gassy pain that wreaks havoc on how you feel and look. Some bloating is caused by serious medical conditions such as liver and heart disease or is a symptom of allergies such as wheat or lactose intolerance, however if you have ruled these things out and bloating is still a regular occurrence for you then here are some tips to reduce your symptoms and say bye-bye to the bloat!

  1. Get That H2O Down You – Water really is a magic liquid and whether you have bloating or not you should drink more of it, every day! In regards to bloating though, fluids help to flush waste out of your system and reduce water retention (which causes swelling and bloating). Drinking water also helps to prevent constipation which is another cause of a bloated belly.

  2. Herbal Tea – As well as helping to flush the waste out (like water) different herbal teas can help to ease the discomfort of bloating. Peppermint tea alleviates gas by relaxing the digestive tract so that food can move through normally. Chamomile can help alleviate bloating as it possesses relaxing and sedative properties.

  3. Ginger – Ginger is well known for helping to reduce bloating as it contains probiotics (good bacteria) which aid in digestion. This spice can also relieve gas, has anti-inflammatory properties and is a muscle relaxant which is helpful when bloating cases tension or spasms.

  4. Take A Daily Probiotic – Probiotics are amazing for your digestive system as they help your body break down food and absorb nutrients.

  5. Get Rid Of The Gum – If you are addicted to chewing gum this could be causing a lot of your discomfort as it leads to swallowing excess air which causes bloating.

  6. Avoid Processed Foods – These foods tend to be high in sodium and low in fiber which can contribute to the feeling of bloating. In addition they usually have added sugars, particularly artificial sweeteners and these can upset the intestinal tract and cause gas and bloating.

  7. Gut Loving Foods – To help heal the gut from within there are some foods that can really boost your good bacteria. These include, natural yogurt and kafir, dark leafy greens, psyllium husks, kombucha, fermented vegetables (sauerkraut and kimchi in particular) and bone broth.

  8. Stress Less – Obviously easier said than done! However it is important to note that stress and anxiety can have a major impact on your body, physically as well as mentally. Stress can prohibit your body from digesting food properly. In order to rest and digest try and combat the things in your life that are making you stressed. Think about doing some mindfulness or meditation or just focus more on calmness, sleep and anything that allows your mind to rest.

One of the most uncomfortable and irritating physical experiences is a bloated tummy, that gassy pain that wreaks havoc on how you feel and look. Some bloating is caused by serious medical conditions such as liver and heart disease or is a symptom of allergies such as wheat or lactose intolerance, however if you have […]