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How to Treat Bloating Naturally
Bloating is incredibly uncomfortable and can negatively affect your self-confidence, especially if it is something you deal with almost every day. To help you get your gut health back on track, I worked with our Nourished Life Naturopath on this guide to getting rid of the bloat naturally.
If you often feel bloated then you will know just how uncomfortable and self conscious it can make you feel, not to mention that it can be a real pain, literally! Whether it's due to indigestion, an intolerance or a serious digestive condition, bloating can be an inconvenient and frustrating part of daily life, especially if it affects you after each and every meal. It's important to remember that bloating is very different to weight gain, so a crash diet isn't the right approach. With the help of some gentle natural digestive supplements, bloating can be controlled and prevented through some simple and easy additions to your daily routine.
What causes bloating?
Bloating is characterised by a full, sore or swollen belly, causing temporary discomfort. It can be caused by digestive troubles which cause the gastrointestinal tract to fill with trapped gas and expand as a result. This gas may not pass through the body quickly or smoothly, leading to an uncomfortable 'full' feeling and even pain. For some, bloating might just be caused by eating too much too quickly, meaning it can be controlled by simply eating a bit less and moving to a better portioned diet. For others though, bloating can be caused by food intolerances, coeliac disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and can go hand in hand with other symptoms such as irregular motions, cramps or nausea.1 Bloating is also often experienced just before menstruation, as an influx of certain hormones can trigger that swollen, uncomfortable feeling. If you regularly suffer from painful bloating, it may be worth visiting a health care professional to ensure your bloating isn't a symptom of a more serious condition.
Natural supplements for bloating
Life Botanics Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules
To treat bloating naturally, the best course of action is to sweep your gut of any nasties and replace them with good, gut-loving bacteria. I recommend the Life Botanics Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules because you actually take them before eating to help prevent bloating before it even strikes. The raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar used in these capsules is packed with good bacteria from the 'mother' culture', making them ideal as a daily supplement for supporting gut health and restoring balance to the digestive system. For best results, our Naturopath recommends taking one capsule half an hour before a meal, two to three times per day.
The Beauty Chef BODY Powder
Rich in gut-loving probiotics, super fruits and greens, fibre and vitamins, the The Beauty Chef BODY Powder is another favourite digestive supplement of mine. Delicious in a smoothie or your choice of milk, it actually works to encourage good digestion, boost metabolism and deliver anti-inflammatory relief. Vegan and Australian made, it also helps you feel fuller for longer, reducing cravings and promoting better gut health. Choose from the Vanilla or Chocolate flavours!
Edible Beauty Tea No. 5 - White Chai Digestif
Another wonderful natural digestive aid is the Edible Beauty Tea No. 5 - White Chai Digestif. This delicious natural tea works to get rid of that uncomfortable full feeling when enjoyed post-meal, as it contains antibacterial and anti inflammatory herbs and spices including Liquorice, Cloves, Fennel, Cinnamon and Vanilla to help relax and soothe the stomach.
Supercharged Food Heal Your Gut Powder
For a gut health overhaul, I can't go past the Supercharged Food Heal Your Gut Powder. Made from pure, food-grade Diatomaceous Earth, this naturopath-recommended powder works to sweep your digestive system of impurities, build up and even parasites and promote healthy gut function. As its particles move through your gut they actually cut through parasites and bacteria, cleansing and unburdening the digestive system of harmful build up and leaving only the beneficial bacteria behind! As it is completely flavourless, this fine powder can be added daily to water, juice, smoothies, cereal and even cooking and baking. Start with one teaspoon per day around an hour before eating, then gradually increase to one tablespoon each day.
Amazonia Raw Pre-Probiotic
Ideal as a preventative, the Amazonia Raw Pre-Probiotic is a really effective digestive system conditioner, containing 13 different organic probiotic strains and billions of prebiotics to help prevent both bloating and indigestion while maintaining long-term gut health. Certified Organic, Australian made, vegan and free from gluten, wheat, soy and corn, this powder can be taken daily in water, smoothies, your choice of milk or on top of muesli or yoghurt.
Source: 1 Better Health.
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