11 Top Tips to Avoid a Bloated Belly

Eleven Top Tips to Avoid a Bloated Belly

Most cases of bloated belly are simply due to poor digestion, and the suggestions given below will help in most instances.

There are also hormonal reasons for bloated belly, such as pre-menstrually, and of course pregnancy.

Other reasons for bloated belly or swollen abdomen include IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome.

If none of these appear to be relevant, you can ask your Doctor to check for coeliac disease. This is an inability to digest gluten, from the grains wheat, barley and rye. Oats can also be a problem, although it is possible to purchase non-gluten oats.

If the bloating is persistent and there’s pain, your Doctor may wish to rule out Ovarian cancer to be on the safe side.

Mostly, however, the cause and the solutions are simply poor digestion, so try the 11 suggestions below.

  1. Chew your food thoroughly            The Chinese have a saying “Drink your solids and chew your liquids”.  This simply means chewing your solids until they become like liquid. When you can’t chew anymore, swallow.  With liquids such as soups and juices, swish them around the mouth before swallowing, which will allow plenty of amylase (a digestive enzyme in saliva) to mix with each mouthful, thus starting off the process of digestion.
  2. Take more time to eat your meal
    The stomach takes 20 minutes to tell the brain it’s had enough food. If you eat too quickly, you’ll have eaten more than your body requires before you know it.
  3. Relax while eating
    The French do this so well. Take your time. During stress your body shuts down digestion so that it can concentrate on muscles and brain. Slow down.
  4. Avoid sugary snacks between meals
    Ideally eat three square meals per day, and don’t snack in between. This will also help balance your insulin and leptin levels, thus reducing risk of diabetes. Some people will need to eat 4 or 5 smaller meals, but listen to your body’s true needs, not just desires.
  5. Eat more fibre
    This is an excellent way to keep your digestive system healthy. Eating fibre helps prevent constipation, reduces cholesterol and keeps you slim. Fibre comes in vegetables, fruit, beans, pulses and whole grains such as porridge oats. (Some people will need to keep fruit at a minimum, as it can actually exacerbate bloating in some – those people need to take more acidophilus and digestive enzymes and also avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars.)
  6. Have a green smoothie every day
    In a blender, mix green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, chard, lettuce, etc. with a little fresh pineapple, lemon or lime juice and a piece of ginger. This will improve production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach which is needed for digestion. For extra benefit add Klamath Lake Algae and Spirulina (Green Energy).
  7. Don’t go to bed on a full stomach
    Stop eating at least 3 or 4 hours before bedtime. When you go to sleep, your digestive system wants to rest too. If you make your digestive system work half the night, you could wake up tired. It may even keep you awake, as your raised blood sugar levels make you more alert.
  8. If you must eat before bed, eat half a banana with a little almond butter
    Bananas are high in the amino acid tryptophan, which helps make serotonin, which calms you and helps you sleep. The almond butter contains magnesium which also relaxes and helps stabilise blood sugar. (Don’t eat whole nuts before bedtime unless you chew extra well.)
  9. Regularly take a probiotic supplement to keep your bacteria in good healthy balance
    This will help keep pathogenic bacteria at bay, leading to better health all round
  10. Take a digestive enzyme just before eating
    Many people don’t make sufficient digestive enzymes themselves, and supplementing, even for a couple of months, will take the strain off the body.
  11. Drink lots of clean water between meals, but only a small glass with meals – just enough to help the food go down

 

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AquaSource Digestive Enzymes with algae

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quaSource Green Energy contains Klamath Lake Algae, Hawaiian Spirulina and Organic Alfalga AFA, Hawaiian Spirulina and Organic Alfalfa

quaSource Green Energy contains Klamath Lake Algae, Hawaiian Spirulina and Organic Alfalga AFA, Hawaiian Spirulina and Organic Alfalfa