Do you ever feel a bit “overextended” in the belly after a meal? Perhaps your spirit animal is less like an Eagle and more like a gassy antelope?” Does a meal ever leave you with a 5 months pregnant food baby?
Well, bloating is common. Up to 25-30% of people experience it regularly. That means 1 in 3 to 4 people in an elevator is a ticking time bomb! 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, 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. Simply avoid them.
If you’re already doing those things, and still experience bloating, here are some great tips for dealing with it naturally.
1) DON’T OVEREAT
If you overeat at a meal, then you’ll start to feel like golden ticket winner, Violet Beauregarde transforming into a blueberry. 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 SLOWER, MORE MINDFULLY, AND LESS STRESSED
Eating too fast isn’t doing your digestive system any favors. 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 some of these stress reducing methods…but not while you’re eating :)
5) TRY PEPPERMINT
Peppermint oil 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.
6) BODY RESET
Sometimes our body gets overloaded with all the “extras”. The chemicals in and on our food, the products we put on our skin, the cleaning products we use in our house all affect our body’s ability to digest. When we have toxin overload these vital organs can’t do their jobs. Doing a whole foods detox twice a year is SUPER important for resetting our bodies so they can get back to doing what they do best. And luck for you my BRAND NEW 10 DAY THRIVE DETOX opens its doors TOMORROW! Click here to find out all the dets!
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. If you are experiencing bloating, enjoy a cup of peppermint tea. Finally don’t forget to join the first ever 10 DAY THRIVE DETOX to get your digestive system functioning optimally again, clear out the toxins, and bring down the bloat!
If you do all of these, and still experience bloating, then you may have a food intolerance; this could be from an allergy or intolerance. If you have a major concern, then please see your doctor. Your doctor can help to rule out a serious and/or chronic condition.
PEPPERMINT MOCHA CREAMER
1 can coconut milk
½ cup almond milk, unsweetened
2 tbsp cacao powder, unsweetened
½ tsp 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: While the non-peppermint ingredients in this creamer may or may not be “de-bloating” for you, try these ideas too: