We have all experienced bloating at some point in our life. The achy extension of the abdomen and uncomfortable gaseous production in the gut is less than pleasant. Belly bloating occurs when your stomach swells, causing your abdomen to feel full and tight. A major trigger for this is often a combination of a poor diet, bad food combining, insufficient water consumption or late night eating among others.
Usually when you wake up in the morning, your stomach is flat, but as the day draws out, so does your stomach! What if I told you that you could completely avoid this and maintain a flat stomach throughout the entire day? Well, you can! By following these 8 simple steps to help reduce bloating and improve the look of your stomach!
How To Get Rid of Belly Bloating for Good
1. Drink Water
2. Learn Proper Food Combining
3. Stop Eating Late at Night
4. Cut Out Trigger Foods
Highly processed wheat and dairy products are major food allergens to pretty much the entire human population. Not only wheat and dairy, but food additives like sulphur dioxide, un-necessary colouring agents and other chemicals and food preservatives all cause bloating and flatulence and damage our liver. Choose gluten-free products if you so choose to still eat pastas and breads (kamut, rice, amaranth, quinoa), and instead of dairy, you can make miraculous mock-dairy products with coconut such as yogurt, milk and ice cream!
5. Eat Water Rich, RIPE Fruit & Vegetables
7. Reduce Stress
Stress is a major factor in weight gain and bloating. As stated above (in the exercise section), when we are stressed, our body releases cortisol and this disturbs the fluid balance in the body, causing you to retain water. If you are constantly stressed, then you will constantly be bloated and hold onto water much easier than someone who is not stressed. Stress also affects our digestion – it actually shuts down a part of the brain that handles digesting food. It also upsets our hormone and neurotransmitter balance. The combination of all of these factors leads to poorly digested food and the creation of gas and bloating.
8. Ditch The Salt!
Other reasons why you may be bloated could be that you suffer from Candida or have low stomach acid.
Candida occurs naturally in the body, but when we consume foods that are high in fat, and then eat sugar-rich foods at the same time, we create an environment where candida can multiply and create problems in the body, especially bloating. Symptoms of candidiasis include bloating, flatulence, bad breath, fatigue, food cravings (especially for refined sugary foods), food intolerances, depression and mood swings, irritability, headaches, lack of concentration and brain fog, fungal infections and body rashes. Antimicrobial herbs like Pau D’arco, Wormwood, Black Walnut, Clove, Goldenseal, Grapefruit Seed Extract and Probiotics can help here!
Low stomach acid can also occur as a result of poor diet, stress, prescription medication, lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption can all impair digestive function. If you experience indigestion, bloating, belching, flatulence, reflux, diarrhea, constipation and fullness after eating and have undigested food in your stool, you may suffer from low stomach acid. Avoid refined sugars and carbohydrates, trans fatty acids, excessive saturated fats, gluten, lactose and any other food allergens. Chew slowly, don’t eat on the run, or in front of TV. Also, consume lots of papaya and pineapple – papaya contains the enzyme papain, and pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which both significantly improve digestive function!