We’ve all been there, that bloated feeling, the protruding belly and constant discomfort. It’s the pits, and it doesn’t have to be that way. For everything there is a cause, and bloating is no exception.
If you struggle with feeling bloated from time to time and want to know how to nip it in the bud, read on.
Regular table salt or iodized salt contributes to bloating. And most of the processed sodium we get in our diets is not from the salt shaker, but from processed foods. Processed food is terrible for you beyond bloating. It steals from your body instead of nourishing it. So skip the processed food. This stuff is the worst for bloating. And throw out the table salt in that cardboard canister and treat yourself to some minimally processed salts like sea salt or himalayan sea salt. Not only does it taste better, it contains up to 80 trace minerals AND it doesn't contribute to bloating. For more info click here
Flushing your body out with lots of water and tea can help to get rid of whatever is causing the bloating.
I like to add slices of lemon, grapefruit and cucumber to my water as it makes it tastier and also helps stimulate digestive enzymes in the gut.
Black tea, which contains small amounts of caffeine, has a slight diuretic effect, helping to draw excess water out of the body. Peppermint tea helps with gas and stomach pain, and it’s refreshing. You can drink tea throughout the day, hot or cold.
Taking digestive enzymes with foods that normally cause you to bloat can really help the cause. They give your system a helping hand in the digestive process and help your body to better assimilate nutrients.
Fermented foods are a powerhouse of digestive benefits and can drastically reduce bloat. Adding a serving of sauerkraut, fermented veggies, kimchi, miso or tempeh to each meal is the best way to get rid of bloating for good. As your microbiome starts to build up and strengthen you’ll notice the bloating that used to be all too familiar, rarely shows itself.
Here's to your health!
Mari J Hahn
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