Bloating. Probably one of the top complaints I hear from clients and the most questions I get asked about.
Digestive issues and bloating can arise from a number of things: under/ over active stomach, not enough good bacteria in the gut, stress, poor food combining, food allergies. Diagnosing the culprit can be a little tricky but here are some tips to help soothe your tummy troubles:
Here are my 5 top tips for beating the bloat:
1. Don't drink water with your meals. Also try to avoid drinking ice cold water, as it can cause your stomach to shrink. I also like to start my day with warm lemon water first thing in the morning to get your digestive juices going.
2. Use apple cider vinegar. People that have issues with under active stomach (ie. their stomach isn't producing enough stomach acid) can benefit in drinking 1-2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water about half an hour before meals. This is also good if you suffer from acid reflux as well as it can help neutralize stomach acid. I also love to use apple cider vinegar as a salad dressing with olive oil.
3. Include probiotics in the diet. Our gut bacteria can be compromised due to a number of things including antibiotics, stress and poor food choices. Try including probiotic rich foods like organic yogourts, kombucha and fermented veggies such as kimchi or sauerkraut.
4. Avoid sugar alcohols and chewing gum. Artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols can feed the bad bacteria in the gut and are not digested properly. They end up fermenting and causing bloating and gas. So put down the diet pop, chewing gum and sugar free treats.
5. Consume anti inflammatory foods like mint, lemon, turmeric and ginger. Common foods that can cause digestive upset include gluten, dairy, soy and eggs. Cruciferous veggies such as kale, cauliflower and broccoli can also cause bloating so make sure you cook these well. Rule out food allergies by either getting tested or completing an elimination diet. Also try taking a digestive enzyme if you are really having problems.
If you suffer with digestive issues, be patient and ask for advice! I am always here for questions.
Try my turmeric tea latte in the evening after a meal to aid in digestion and reduce bloat or my debloating tea recipe below.
*Organic honey or stevia to sweeten (optional)
Bring a pot or kettle of hot water to a boil. Add all ingredients to a tea pot or a stainless steel pot on the stove and add hot water. Let steep for 5 minutes and strain. Add organic honey or stevia to sweeten.