BEAT THE BLOAT
There’s nothing good about being bloated: you might feel sluggish or uncomfortable, your clothes may fit awkwardly and you might lack some of your usual confidence. Often, bloating is something that we can have some control over. If you’re ready to take action, here are five simple ways to beat the bloat.
Whilst we chew, our stomach acid and digestive enzymes are preparing to break down our food. The longer you chew your food, the better prepared your stomach will be.
2. Increase your hydrochloric acid (HCL)
HCL, which is naturally found in the stomach, helps to digest proteins like meat and fish. Without an adequate amount of HCI, parts of the protein aren’t digested and start to ferment. This can make you feel gassy, bloated and uncomfortable. A good way to increase HCI levels is to drink apple cider vinegar thirty minutes before a meal. Use 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a warm cup of water.
3. Choose the right time to drink
Whilst there’s never a wrong time to drink water, sometimes are better than others. Avoid drinking water during meals as this dilutes the stomach’s HCI.
4. Add fennel seeds to the shopping list
Fennel seeds are an antispasmodic – a muscle relaxant. Chewing on half a teaspoon of fennel seeds after dinner will help relax your stomach muscles and relieve any trapped gas. Alternatively, you can also drink fennel tea: add boiling water to one teaspoon of dried fennel seeds in a cup. Let the tea sit for ten minutes, then drink.
5.Take a short break from bloat-inducing foods
Foods that commonly contribute to bloating and digestive issues usually contain gluten, dairy, refined sugar, processed foods or artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. Try eliminating these foods for four weeks, taking note of how you feel, and then reintroduce them to see if symptoms return. This experiment is best done with the help of a healthcare professional.
Life can sometimes be uncomfortable, but there’s no reason for your stomach to be; next time you’re feeling bloated, you know what to do!