Do you ever feel a bit “overextended” in the belly after a meal?
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), then make sure you eat accordingly. Same goes if you know certain foods give you gas. The best strategy is to simply avoid them.
If you’re already doing those things, and still experience bloating, here are 5 natural ways to deal with bloating.
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.
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 slowly, more mindfully, and in a less stressed state
Eating too fast isn’t doing your digestive system any favours. You can help the food move along by chewing it thoroughly and slowing down your eating habits. Be mindful and enjoy the time you are spending eating your meals. Savour them.
The feeling of stress can also cause increased bloating.
Stress-reducing techniques can help improve your digestion. Try meditating or deep breathing before you start to eat.
5 – Try peppermint
Peppermint has been shown to improve bloating. It’s thought to increase transit time by relaxing the stomach muscles and increasing the flow of bile. Try steeping fresh peppermint leaves, or a peppermint tea bag, and drinking it slowly. See if that helps reduce your symptoms.
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. 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 there is a good chance you may have a food intolerance or sensitivity.
Even “healthy” foods such as some fruits, vegetables, eggs or even chicken or meats contain compounds that can be problematic for some people.
The easiest way to find it is to get tested!
This simple hair test is what I use with 90% of my clinic clients and I get such great results, I’ve even included it as a part of the Well Balanced Woman program.
Stop guessing and find out EXACTLY what you’re reacting to! This is the most natural way to deal with bloating.
Find out more about Food Sensitivity Testing HERE
Creamy Choc Mint Drink
1 can coconut milk
½ cup almond milk, unsweetened
2 tbsp cacao powder
2 drops peppermint extract or essential oil (food-grade and safe for internal use)
3 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined.
Store in a sealed container in your fridge.
Serve & enjoy!
Tip: try these ideas too:
● Grow peppermint yourself;
● Chew on the fresh leaves; and/or
● Steep them for tea.