Every week, I speak to dozens of clients and prospective clients from all over the country about digestive health. Everyone has their own health story and journey. But one common thread in all my conversations, this week in particular, was bloating.
Bloating can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, and for many of you, it might be a normal part of life.
A lot of dietary and lifestyle triggers can cause bloating, including overeating, stress and/or not chewing your food properly. That’s why it’s so important to slow down when you eat – it really can make a huge difference! But there are also three natural remedies you can use to reduce or altogether eliminate bloating.
1. Drink More Water
Dehydration is one of the main causes of bloating, so, naturally, the cure is to properly hydrate yourself! Drink lots and lots of water. Especially if you drink alcohol regularly or eat foods that are salty, you can feel bloated because they dehydrate you. Water also helps to wash the waste out of your system, and with less waste hanging around, you will feel less bloated!
By drinking eight glasses of water daily, you will not only feel less bloated, but water also has a ton of amazing benefits including curbing hunger, reducing headaches and giving you brighter skin!
If possible, consider swapping all your beverages with water, especially when you’re bloating.
2. Avoid too much fiber and increase potassium intake
Too much fiber can be difficult to digest, which can results in bloating. Have you ever had raw veggies and wondered why you felt bloated after, even though you were eating well? Yep, chances are it was the fiber. And whenever you eat too much salt, you should increase your potassium intake to help de-bloat.
I recommend consuming up to but no more than 20-25 grams of fiber a day. And if you feel bloated after consuming salty foods, turn to foods like avocados, sweet potatoes, bananas and coconut water, which are all rich in potassium.
3. Drink a lemon and turmeric elixer
For those of you who have been following me for some time now, you know that I love turmeric. This drink in particular is very simple and inexpensive yet super effective. If you have severe digestive dysfunction or are suffering from bloating, this should become your go-to drink.
To make the elixer, mix 1 cup of room temperature water with 1 fresh squeezed lemon and a pinch of turmeric. Simple as that!
Aside from these tips, be sure to look at your other eating habits too. Do you notice that other foods trigger bloating? Starting a food journal can be a great way to start noticing what food triggers cause bloating for you, and to dive even deeper, I’d love to see you in my next Love Your Gut program starting in April.
We’ll dive into all things digestion: bloating, brain fog, abdominal pain, acne, gas, constipation — you name it. With a better understanding of your digestive imbalances, we’ll then peel back the layers to craft a custom plan for you — a combination of food and lifestyle habits that will be easy, practical and affordable for you to implement.
Plus you get the added bonus of weekly live calls and a private Facebook group where you can chat with other members on a daily basis.
Check out the program here. If you’re wondering if this program is right for you, I’m offering FREE 20-minute consultations so that we can discuss if this is the exact program for you and any other recommendations I may have as you start or continue your health journey.
To book a session with me, click here.
Kristin Thomas is a health coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specialized in helping women with hormone, digestion, and autoimmune health concerns. Having gone through these health challenges herself, she now helps clients find their own path to complete wellness through practical and natural diet and lifestyle changes.
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