Bloating can be caused by a few things. Common culprits include overeating, stress, water retention, hormonal changes or digestive health issues such as food intolerances.
So what is actually happening to our bodies when we bloat? In terms of digestive health, when we eat foods that may irritate our gastro-intestinal tract (GIT) that food often isn’t digested properly, which can cause the belly to bloat. This can also be in conjunction with other symptoms such as cramping, gas, constipation and burping.
When we eat something that potentially inflames our gut we also don’t fully absorb the essential nutrients from our food. If bloating is a regular thing for you, it’s usually an indication that your digestive health isn’t up to scratch. Or that there could be an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut.
A low-sugar, high-fibre diet with good fats and clean protein diet is best. Grains are best in the morning or lunch time. Increase your intake of dark green veggies to keep your gut clean. It’s also important to enjoy lots of probiotic rich foods such as yoghurt, kefir, kombucha, kimchi and other fermented foods. A daily supplement is also a good idea to ensure you have lots of friendly bacteria doing their magic!
A few gentle yoga poses can help relieve bloating. Ease the tension out of your belly with spinal twists and belly stretches. Try this little sequence: