Get Rid of Your Bloated Belly!
We all know what it feels like when we go back for a second helping of dessert even after feeling full from dinner. The 'belt-bursting', bloated feeling lingers for hours and it seems that the only place we feel even slightly comfortable is lying on the couch in front of the TV!
However, for some people that bloated feeling is something they have to deal with on a daily basis and results from more than just over-eating. In this article we will cover some of the main causes of bloating and what you need to do in order to get rid of your bloated belly.
Increase your fibre intakeIf you regularly consume processed foods it is highly likely that you will have a bloated belly caused by undigested food matter remaining in your gut. By consuming more fibre you can help to push everything along your digestive tract, especially if you tend to eat a lot of processed foods that are devoid of fibre.
However, for some people increasing their fibre intake it may be something that needs to be done gradually. This is because a suddenly increase your fibre intake may actually have the opposite effect and cause even more bloating!
This may be particularly noticeable if you consume high-fibre foods that tend to cause gas production in the gut. These may include broccoli, beans, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and onions.
Also, increasing your fibre intake from fruit may cause abdominal bloating if there is an imbalance of bacteria in your gut or the presence of excessive yeasts, like Candida albicans.
An easy way to gradually increase your fibre intake without making the bloating worse is to add ½ - 1 teaspoon of psyllium husks and 1 teaspoon of BCN's Gastro Forte AG to your cereal each day. Pura Veda is a great example of a high-quality cereal that also contains fibre.
If you do this make sure you drink plenty of water as well because both of these supplemental sources of soluble fibre dissolve in a significant amount of water. If you don't eat cereal then you may simply want to add a teaspoon of BCN's Gastro Forte AG to a glass of water and drink it every day. Over a period of weeks you may want to gradually increase your intake of each of these soluble fibre sources.
Another major benefit of psyllium husks and arabinogalactans (the fibre source in Gastro Forte AG) is that they are both very good prebiotics, which means they provide food for the 'good' bacteria in your gut. By balancing your gut bacteria your bloating may also be reduced.
Avoid foods that you have an intolerance or allergy toIf you find that you're experiencing abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, skin rashes, nasal congestion, sweating, headaches, or breathing problems after a meal then it is highly likely that you are intolerant or allergic to something you've eaten.
Food intolerances tend to be far more common than food allergies, however, both may be tested for by your doctor.
Gluten and dairy intolerances are very common and therefore many people can experience symptoms shortly after consuming foods containing them. Other foods that some people react to include: soy products, eggs, peanuts, tomatoes, shellfish, and corn.
Food intolerances and/ or allergies may inflame and damage the delicate lining of your intestines. Therefore, if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned previously, or if you have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or celiac disease (CD), then it is definitely worthwhile using a supplement like BCN's DigestEZE once or twice a day. DigestEZE has been shown to help soothe and reduce the inflammation in the gut, promote healing of the gut lining if it is damaged, as well as provide food for the 'good' bacteria.
Improve your digestionPoor digestion is a common cause of a bloated belly for many people. It may result from one or a combination of several factors: inadequate chewing of food, inadequate production of stomach acid, inadequate production of digestive enzymes, and stress.
Chewing breaks food down into smaller particles, making it easier to be digested and absorbed into the body. Chewing also increases saliva production and since saliva contains digestive enzymes, it further breaks the food particles down, which means the rest of the intestines don't have to work as hard. Therefore, we must take time to chew our food properly.
Proper production of stomach acid is also very important because not only does it assist with the digestive process itself but it also stimulates the production of digestive enzymes in the stomach.
Some simple ways to ensure you produce an adequate amount of stomach acid is to reduce stress, emphasise more natural foods in your diet, avoiding drinking ice-cold drinks with your meals, use spices in your cooking, or take 1-2 MultiSpice capsules with your main meals.
Digestive enzymes are also essential for ensuring maximum digestion and absorption of the nutrients from your meals. Plus, insufficient production of digestive enzymes is the primary cause of stomach problems for many people.
An enzyme deficiency results mainly from the consumption of a diet consisting of mainly processed, over-cooked, and sugary foods. By reducing your overall food intake and emphasising more natural, raw foods in your diet, you will provide your body with natural enzymes as well as the building blocks it needs in order to make its own enzymes.
Finding ways to reduce your stress levels may also be beneficial in improving your digestion. Stress causes the 'flight or fight' response in the body. This means that blood is moved away from temporarily non-essential functions, like digestion, and is taken to the muscles to prepare for action. This physical response occurs even if the stress is of a mental nature.
If you find that stress is a major cause of digestive issues for you then you may want to learn breathing or relaxation techniques, meditation exercises, or simply take an amino acid, like Theanine, which immediately induces a relaxed state. It is contained in BCN's Tranquil Mind. You may also want to consider using an herb, like rhodiola rosea, that helps the body deal with stress more effectively. It is contained in BCN's Rhodiola Advanced.
Balance the bacteria in your gutAn imbalance of gut bacteria is another major cause of a bloated belly. It results from a poor diet, the use of antibiotics, certain medications, and/ or high stress levels.
Therefore, one of the best ways to balance the bacteria in your gut is to use a combination of probiotics and prebiotics. High-quality probiotics are available from health food stores and some pharmacies and should contain at least 20 billion colony forming units (CFUs), have a long shelf life, and must be refrigerated. Prebiotics are contained in BCN's DigestEZE and Gastro Forte AG.
Overall, if you're willing to take these 4 steps you will be amazed at how quickly you can get rid of your bloated belly and start feeling lighter, healthier, and happier again!
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