Good health starts with good gut health. Did you know that 70% of the immune system is centred in your gut? So if your gut isn't healthy this can have an effect on the rest of your body and overall wellbeing. The ability of your gut to perform at its best is easily influenced by factors such as stress, diet, lifestyle, medication and the imbalance between bacteria living in the gut.
Here are my 5 tips for managing the bloat;
1. Eat mindfully to prevent the pain of indigestion and bloating. When your posture is in a bad position your gut may not be able to work effectively. Try eating in a relaxed environment and focus on what you are eating.
2. De-stress to calm IBS symptoms. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can cause bloating through stress affecting your gut. Try stress-relieving techniques such as exercise and deep breathing when tense
3. Get moving to ease constipation. Physical inactivity and a lack of exercise are key factors in a sluggish bowel. Try exercising for 20 to 30 minutes every day. Vibration training will increase your circulation and keep you moving!
4. Fibre up. A lack of fibre can also contribute to bloating and a lazy bowel. Eat plenty of wholegrain breads and cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables and nuts.Try and include a fibre-rich food at every meal and drink plenty of water.
5. Good bacteria balance. Prebiotic fibres (also known as resistant starch) help feed and promote the growth of beneficial bacteria that are found naturally in the gut. Promoting a good balance of intestinal bacteria can help with digestive discomfort. Prebiotic fibres include cereals and breads contaning rye, inulin as well as dried peas and beans.