Friday, 25 March 2016
Beating The Bloat
Bloating is something I used to suffer with terribly, this was mainly before I was diagnosed with coeliac disease but for a while afterwards my digestion was very poor and I'd often be left looking about 7 months pregnant. It was something I found unbearably uncomfortable, painful, frustrating and it caused me to feel very down and self-conscious Thankfully it's not something I suffer with so much anymore, it definitely still happens but it's far less frequent, and there's been a few things that have really helped me beat the bloat.
Start The Day With Lemon Water
I swear by this and I can't start my day any other way than with a large mug of warm water with lemon juice. Lemon juice has the ability to really fire up the digestive system and get everything moving, it helps cleanse your system and banish any unwanted toxins. Lemon juice is also extremely alkalising the body so helps to kill off bad bacteria and promote a healthy, happy digestive tract.
You can read my post all about the benefits of lemon water here.
Drink More Water
Keeping yourself hydrated plays an important role when it comes to a healthy digestive system. Water is really cleansing to your body and it'll help remove toxins from your body, as well as helping you to break down food.
Consume Apple Cider Vineger
When my digestion is feeling a little poor or my tummy is getting bloated I like to knock back a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, which can be a little unpleasant as it's so strong but it works wonders. ACV is particularly wonderful at helping your stomach break down all the food your consume! You can take it in the morning or half an hour before a meal for powerful digestion boosting powers.
Yoga is fantastic at stimulating your internal organs, so when your stomach is feeling delicate or your digestion is feeling poor it's a great way to get things working again. Certain poses are especially useful because they massage your intestines and help release toxins from your body. Whenever my belly is feeling sore a little bit of yoga makes the world of difference. Try this flow out.
Probiotics help to to restore the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut so really help if you're bloated. You can find them in food sources like sauerkraut, miso, tempeh and Coyo coconut yogurt. You can also take a supplement, but make sure it's natural and hasn't got added sugars.
Don't Eat Raw Food At Night
I've spoken about the importance of raw foods before, and it's true that they're amazing for us, but after about 4pm our digestion starts slowing down so chomping on raw carrots isn't the best thing for the tummy! Instead make sure you steam, roast or sauté them to keep as much as the nutrients as possible while making them much easier for your digestive system to handle.
Chew Your Food
That sounds obvious doesn't it? But so many people eat in such a rush and don't chew their food properly. If you don't chew your food it makes it so much more difficult for your stomach to break down and you won't get as many of the nutrients from all the goodness you're eating either! So take a moment to sit quietly and don't rush when you eat, it's not a race.
Even including a couple of these steps into your daily routine will make a huge difference if you suffer with bloating or digestion problems. A combination of all of the above has really helped my tummy feel healthier and happier.
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