Hi there my loves!! If you have ever had to deal with an annoying bloated belly, this post is for you! Until recently, I thought I was not allergic to any food or medications. Turns out, I was wrong. Eating mindfully and being conscious of my body has paid off on its own. I realized that I am dairy intolerant. Which means I have trouble digesting not only milk but also ice cream, cheese or anything with cheese, like pizza! *gasp! I love pizza! How can I not eat pizza? Or cheese quesadillas?? I love cheese so much, I swear I couldn’t live without it. But eating cheese also means that I have to deal with stomach pains and an uncomfortably large belly.
So I figured I need to manage my digestive system. After trying out numerous tricks ,tips and habits, I found a few that were really useful. If you have ever experienced bloating or any kind of digestive issue give these a try.
You know this already. But make sure you eat insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is a little hard to digest and adds bulk to the stools whereas soluble fiber draws in water and prevents stools that are too watery. Some good sources of insoluble fiber includes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, legumes, vegetables and wheat bran.
2. Stay away from high fat food
Fatty foods tend to slow down the digestive process, making you more prone to constipation. Instead, eat lean meats and pair your fatty food with high fiber food to help the digestive process.
3. Stay Hydrated
Water helps dissolve fats and fiber and allows the substances to pass through easily. Try to drink at least a gallon of water a day to aid the digestive system and also to manage weight.
If you have ever gone on a run before going to the toilet you know the effect it has on your bowels. Keep active and get enough exercise regularly to keep moving your food through the digestive system and avoid constipation. You can also aid your digestion by taking a 15 min walk after eating.
5. Introduce gut friendly supplements to your food intake
My favorite supplement for digestion is Chlorophyll. I use liquid chlorophyll either in smoothies or simply mix a table spoon with water at least once a week. This helps move your bowels easily and it come packed with many other holistic benefits. You can also include a probiotic and a green tea supplement. Although I would personally prefer yogurt instead of a probiotic, and actual tea instead of a pill. Ginger tea with lemon is also a great cure for digestive health.
6. Release stress and negative emotions
Stress and anxiety always interferes with healthy digestion. If you have ever noticed heart burn, loss or increase in appetite when feeling sad, you already know that emotions do affect your body. Try to incorporate stress and negative emotion management techniques in to your daily life to release any negativity around you.
7. Practice mindfulness
Last but not least, be mindful of what you ingest your body with. Eat with mindfulness paying attention to each bite, chewing slowly and savoring each bite. Practice being present even while working and during your day to day activities.
Share your tips and tricks. Do you experience bloating? What is your go-to method to cure bloating?
Lots of love,