5 Tips To Feeling LESS Bloated

Here are my 5 tips to helping you feel less bloated.

Firstly, get excited because YES it is possible.  I am not a big believer in statements like ‘quick fix’, ‘instant results’ or ‘this is the best way’ but I am a believer that sometimes little changes can lead to great results in getting you on track!

Before long you will start to notice a flatter, quieter, less bloated stomach and believe me once you start to feel the change, you will NEVER want to go back to that uncomfortable, irritable (and often noisy and gassy) feeling of a bloated stomach!

Tip #1            Don’t Drink Water With Your Meals

glass of water       I had chronic bloated stomach, it was uncomfortable, irritable and I was making noises (and smells) no lady wants to admit to!  My first step was to take water AWAY from my meal and replace this with a glass of water 15 minutes prior to eating and 15 minutes after eating.

WHY?  The simple answer is our stomach acids promote good digestion and help to break down our food to continue on the next step of processing our food.  Drinking water with your meals may dilute your stomach acids and STOP your digestive process being as effective. 

Tip #2            Squeeze ½ Lemon juice into your Water   Lemons

You’ve got to wonder WHY we get a bloated stomach don’t you?  Believe me there are many answers to this question and little tips, tricks and strategies can really make the difference.  I was shown this tip many years ago and still today you will find me squeezing ½ lemon in my water first thing in the morning and 15-30 minutes prior to meals.

Drinking lemon water 30 minutes before a meal will provide additional enzymes and help produce adequate stomach acid to aid digestion and to get the most nutrients out of your food

I drink my lemon water through a straw to avoid affecting the enamel on my teeth and would highly recommend you introduce this practice also.

Tip #3            Discover Your Trigger Foods

Youre the bossOk hear me out! To know what foods trigger your stomach can give you control over the choices you make about your body and gut health.  Don’t you agree?  Knowing that a certain food will cause you to bloat gives you the choice of saying ‘pass – my belly does not need to feel like that today’ as against grhhhhh… WHY do I feel so terrible?

The BEST thing I did for my gut health was to start to eliminate sugar and wheat. 

This is an example of what I did:

At first I stopped eating bread (sandwiches for lunch) and replaced them with food like cooked quinoa or sweet potato and a salad.  I then progressed to cutting out sugar including honey, sugar in biscuits, cakes etc. and started to replace my mid morning/mid afternoon snacks with things like Protein Shakes, nuts, Nut butter, coconut oil and roasted chickpeas along a small amount of fruit.  My breakfast changed to include quinoa flakes, black chia seeds, coconut oil or eggs and avocado

The difference to my stomach? 

WOW is a word that comes to mind along with peaceful, quiet, flat and dare I say ‘NORMAL’.  I will never forget thinking one day “so this is how your stomach is suppose to feel”.

** Some experts say that dairy is also a trigger for a bloated stomach.  In my instance, I do not seem to have a problem with this and have chosen to continue to eat (and drink) dairy products for my calcium intake and bone health.  If you suspect that diary is causing you problems why not go to www.gutfoundation.com who give you further information, resources and solutions. 

Tip #4            Buy Apple Cider Vinegar

appleCiderVinegarAdd Apple Cider Vinegar to your salads, vegetables and water to help with healing your gut and improving your digestion.  I add 1 teaspoon to water with my squeezed lemon juice and I also add on all my salads and vegetables every day

I recommend and use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar

 Tip #5           Eat Less More Often

Do you suffer from portion distortion?  Eating for 2?

Sometimes I take a sneak peak and am curious at what people eat and I must say that the amount of food sometimes shocks me! Eating small healthy meals every 3 hours or so gives your body a chance to digest ALL the food from the last meal. 

A Happy Belly will Stop the Smelly (and everything else that goes along with Bloated)

The above tips are all provided with YOU in mind – easy, quick, and simple ways that have helped me in my journey of good gut health.  I always recommend further education and for further information go to www.gutfoundation.com

Yours in health

Dana Eden

FAB 6162         I am a qualified Personal Trainer who is passionate about women, improving our health and fitness as we age and creating a body that will support your daily life, whatever that may be, without disease and pain through nutrition and healthy exercise habits.  I am the creator of the 12 Week Lean body system, a program that educates you on HOW to speed up your metabolism, lose weight and slow down the ageing process.