Achieving health and wellbeing is our number priority following 2020! We have established more than ever that our health is our number one priority and to maintain it and look after it a varied, nutritious diet and exercise routine is needed. It’s understandable that everyone owns their own exercise routine, some like to hit the gym, whereas others enjoy their walking commutes to the station however with the lack of / minimum commuting occurring in the past year for many of us, bloated bellies and belly fat has been an issue.
Sometimes we tend to get a bloated tummy with the types of foods we eat – however beating bloat, easing digestion, and bringing back your flat stomach is achievable.
What is bloating?
Bloating may feel different person-to-person, but it’s usually described as feeling full or larger to an uncomfortable degree. It can be throughout the body where the body is holding on to a bit more water than normal, but there is also localized bloating that can happen where organs have become swollen and are causing discomfort. Overeating is the most common cause of bloating, and sometimes hormones can play a large part in bloating too. Many women experience bloating before and at the start of their period.
Bloating before and during a period may result from changes in levels of hormones such as progesterone and estrogen.
Other associated medical conditions behind a bloated tummy are IBS which is very common and can be well managed by avoiding certain foods, without the need for medication.
What to eat?
Protein rich foods – Protein can help you steer clear of bloat-inducing snack foods like biscuits and crisps. Due to their ability to affect hunger, these types of foods are rather filling which is why you would tend to snack less. Eggs, Greek yogurt, broccoli, sprouts, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and seafood are a great source of protein rich foods.
Probiotics – These fermented foods are yeasts and live-in bacteria that have a positive effect on your digestive system. They include yogurt, pickles, kimchi, miso, kombucha and sauerkraut.
Healthy Fats – Using a moderate amount of healthy fats is key – coconuts, avocados, dark chocolate, and nuts are just a few that can be incorporated in your diet. We aren’t going to say no to chocolate now, are we??
Fibres – Intake of soluble fibres prevent the accumulation of fat around your organs and even decreases fat gain in the abdominal area. Oats, flaxseeds, sprouts, turnips, pears, and black beans are all great examples of soluble fibres.
Potassium – A major culprit of bloat is eating or drinking too much sodium. To counteract its effects, try eating foods that are high in potassium. Bananas, grapefruit, raisins, and dates contains tons of potassium.
Fennel Seeds – Fennel seeds are small powerhouses, with the ability to improve hair and skin health, enhance sleep quality, decrease menstrual symptoms, and relieve bloating. You sprinkle them over salads, steep them into fennel tea, or add them as a spice to your meals.
Drinking MORE water – It might sound counterintuitive to drink more water when preserving water, drinking water can help reduce bloat. Drinking plenty of water helps to easily flush our systems of excess water and sodium that we might retain. For a double dose of bloat busting, grab some coconut water. It contains electrolytes that provide regular fluid levels in the body, all helping alleviate symptoms of bloating. Staying hydrated is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle.
Love Your Gut products are a fantastic addition to your diet as they clean out the accumulated build-up of waste, toxins, metals and mucous in your digestive tract which can also cause bloating and wind. The products contain organic Diatomaceous Earth which acts like a gentle cleanse for the gut. It’s known for improving digestion and supporting nutrient absorption. Love Your Gut powder can be added into your cooking, making it easier for your everyday meals. Add it into soups, smoothies, and pies for its excellent benefits.
And if you prefer taking capsules then you’re in luck, capsule format is also available – they are easy to take on the go!
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