5 top tips for anti-bloat... Let's bloat-away together...
(Anti-bloat smoothie recipe at the bottom...)
So, bloating is fun right? You can go from fitting into your trousers at breakfast time, to that night not being able to pull them up again. Which can get embarrassing if you're out at the time and end up walking around in your knickers looking like a complete loony or some kind of weirdo pervert. Plus it's totally undignified walking around in public with no trousers on...
But it CAN be that bad for people. It has been for me, I named it my 'whinne the pooh' syndrome, because in all honesty, sit me in front of a pot of honey in a red crop top and you could NOT have told the difference... I have tried and tested just about EVERYTHING out there. I thought I'd do a little run down of the things I have found helpful.
Pharmaceutical drugs are out, they compound the problem, masking temporarily (sometimes) the symptoms, only to exacerbate them later on. They're a NO GO TO option for me.
My top bloat-away tips are as follows:
1) Slippery elm. It's a gross as it sounds, but take a teaspoon of this in warm water 3 times a day (preferably before you eat), and it does have a soothing effect on the intestines. What makes it so great? It contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. This mucilage coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach and intestines, making it ideal for sore throats, cough, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diarrhoea. Plus, it’s been even used to treat breast cancer!
2) Eat Organic. I know, I know... But hear me out! There is a way if you are on a budget, you could just make sure the 'dirty dozen' are never items you purchase willy nilly in the supermarket. The avoid items list include:
sweet bell peppers
spinach, kale and collard greens
The magnitude of chemicals, pesticides, toxins DO cause leaky gut and many digestive (and not just digestive) problems. I would at least buy the items above organically.
3) Probiotics. Take a probiotic twice a day on an empty stomach for at least 3 months. Without going too into the ins and outs, make sure it is at least 30 billion CFUs. The main ones to look for in gut health are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. Also, get some fermented food into you daily, too. These include kefir, kombucha, kimchi, they're so easy to make and to maintain when you're in the habit. Gut health and probiotics are inseparable, their symbiotic relationship means you cannot ignore having these fermented foods and probiotics in your diet if you are to maintain a healthy gut.
4) Filter your water. there is so much evidence out there now linking our tap water to health problems. A cheaper one (such as Britax) is fine, although the more expensive carbon filters are ideal, as they do not effect the mineral balance, and the minerals are what you need to keep well hydrated. I still have my cheap and cheerful Britax, although am seriously looking at investing in a Berkey.
Water is something we all need, it flushes out unwanted toxins and rehydrates us (at its very basic level) however the harmful chemicals left in our tap water- fluoride and chlorine being two which are known to disrupt our hormone balance and are toxic to us (not to mention the other pharmaceutical drugs that have also been discovered). So just filter it!
5) Digestive enzymes. These can also be taken 3 times a day, 15 minutes before eating a meal. These aid your body in breaking your food down, thus creating less stress on your digestive system and facilitating a better digesting process.
I could honestly keep talking about this topic, I do have many more tips, a complete gut over haul guide! But You'd all get bored...! Having said that though, if you are really struggling, do get in touch, I am sure I can help.
In the meantime enjoy this bloat-away smoothie:
1 cup steeped fennel tea (cooled)
1/2 celery stalk
1 inch or so chunk cucumber
small handful parsely
juice 1 lime
1/2 tsp matcha green tea (great for water retention)
small handful spinach
Place in your smoothie maker and enjoy!
Peace and bloatlessness,