How to Beat the Bloat
We all know the feeling, we eat a delicious meal and within minutes we begin to expand rapidly like we’re ready to give birth to triplets which is made even more awkward when you get on the tube and someone offers you a seat. Stomach bloating has many causes and generally speaking causes a swelling and feeling of tightness and extreme fullness in the abdominal area.
There are certain things that you can do to avoid blowing up like a balloon after eating. Of course, if you’re experiencing this bloating often and it’s causing you discomfort we would advise you to seek a medical opinion. Here are some top tips to keep bloating at bay:
- Slow down when you’re eating
Eating slowly and chewing carefully will help you digest your food better and keep your bloating at bay. Also, try not to eat while you’re on the run as this often means you rush your meals which will not help you digest your meals properly. Going for a walk after your evening meal will also help the process too!
- Beware of Sugar Substitutes
Some artificial sweeteners can cause some people problems. One of these is Sorbitol which isn’t actually digested, it just sits in your digestive system where bacteria feeds on it. This can cause bloating and discomfort.
- Fizzy drinks
Fizzy drinks can cause trapped gas in your stomach. The carbon dioxide in the drink (even the diet ones) can cause bloating and gas. (Lovely!!)
- Watch Your Salt Intake
You should watch your salt intake for many reasons but in terms of bloating too much salt can prevent the water leaving your body in the way it should. Your cells become full of water and you feel extremely full. After a Chinese takeaway for example, the amount of salt causes you to feel thirsty and full at the same time.
Taking a probiotic supplement can help balance the bacteria in your gut. It’s best to take a supplement over a probiotic drink as these often contain a lot of sugar. You can find supplements in all good health stores.
- Sip some Water with Lemon
Lemons are a natural diuretic and a gentle laxative. Sipping on some lemon and warm water can reduce the amount of salt in your body.
Many yogurts contain live active cultures which are great for your gut and can improve symptoms of bloating. Add some fruit for an extra sweet and delicious treat.
We hope you’ve found our tips to keep bloating at bay helpful!