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Beat the Bloat. Four Tips to stop feeling so bloated

Beat the Bloat. Four Tips to stop feeling so bloated

That bloated feeling is never fun and a bloated belly can be really demoralising when you’ve been working hard on your abs. It doesn’t matter how hard you work out though, if you don’t deal with the bloat, it isn’t going to go away.

Here are four tips for reducing the bloat and feeling happier with your belly.

1. Eat Right

Eating the right foods is the best place to start for beating the bloat. You should ensure your diet is full of potassium-rich foods and fibre-rich foods. For something designed to give your gut exactly what it needs, try a probiotic every day. Probiotics regulate your body’s digestive system and can help keep that bloat at bay. If your bloat comes with other symptoms such as soreness or that churning feeling, consider sipping peppermint tea which is known for its benefits in managing gas pain.

2. Just Keep Drinking

Many people think that bloating has something to do with how much they drink but unless you’re only drinking carbonated drinks this shouldn’t be the case. Keep your water levels up and try to aim for eight 250ml glasses a day. This will help keep your digestive system moving and will help eliminate excess toxins in your gut and throughout your body. Water retention is often common alongside bloat and the only way to get rid of it is just to keep drinking.

3. Practice Breathing

According to the Mayo Clinic, stress and anxiety can cause bloating as your body releases hormones that stimulate your digestive system. This can lead to bloating. Learning to manage your stress through breathing and meditation is one way of keeping your anxieties in check and this may help keep your uncomfortable bloating to a minimum too.

4. Check for Allergies

If bloat is a consistent problem then you should make a problem with your doctor. Around 10% of adults are lactose intolerant and a large proportion have an intolerance to gluten, both of which can cause uncomfortable bloating. You could consider cutting out dairy and gluten as a matter of course but speaking to your doctor will help you get any confirmation you may need.

The reason for your bloating could be a combination of any of these things and if you’re really concerned it is worth making an appointment with your GP.


the author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.