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  • Janine McGee

Beat the bloat

I'm sure so many can relate to feeling uncomfortable and bloated.... If you read my first blog post you will know that I suffered with several digestive discomforts.

If I'm completely honest I still do suffer occasionally, nothing in comparison to how it was a few years back but every so often I will eat or do something that doesn't agree with me and my tummy will stick out so far I could pass as being pregnant.

These are a few of my top tips to beat the bloat:

1. Chew your food thoroughly.

Digestion starts in the mouth... chew your food at least 10 times before swallowing. This can help with the breakdown and metabolism of food, which may reduce bloating.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Whenever I am feeling bloated I add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to my meals (Or i add a teaspoon to a small amount of water to have after meals and it really helps). The results are almost instant. My absolute favourite apple cider vinegar is by Braggs.

3. Keep a food diary

You may find that certain foods trigger bloating. Common triggers include wheat and dairy. If you discover the at a certain type of food gives you that bloated feeling try removing it for 2 weeks and see if it makes a difference.

4. Start taking a probiotic

I use biokult quite a lot and did whilst on my own journey to health. If you would like to chat to me about supplementing then please feel free to send me a message.

5. Drink tea

And I don't mean your favourite English breakfast tea. Try a cup of ginger tea, chamomile or fennel tea after your meals. Some people swear by peppermint but I found it actually makes things worse for me so if you find that peppermint actually aggravates your gut problems then just try one of the others I have mentioned. If you can tolerate peppermint then Pukka Herbs do a great tea called Cleanse.

6. Reduce your stress levels

Stress can be a major trigger for gut problems, it certainly is with me. If you find that your digestive system suffers after a stressful week then try incorporating a few Magnesium rich foods into your diet; nuts, seeds, brown rice, leafy green vegetables.

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