7 Tips to Get Rid of a Bloated Stomach

Do you ever have those days where you open the closet, and nothing feels good on you? Maybe you spend 45 minutes just searching through your clothes, just trying to find an outfit that will hide your bloated belly!

If you’re like 91% of women, dealing with bloat and other digestive issues is something that you struggle with on a daily basis. My friend Nadya Andreeva, certified wellness coach and author, struggled with feeling bloated for years — even looking 5 months pregnant at times. After years of research and testing, Nadya has created a manual for defeating bloating and healing your belly for good — her new book, Happy Belly: A woman’s guide to feeling vibrant, light, and balanced.

http://www.spinachandyoga.com/happybelly/

What most women don’t know is that the real cause of bloating is too much fermentation in the digestive tract. Some common triggers include: stress, a food sensitivity, a lack of enzymes, uncoordinated peristalsis, or eating too much fiber. By just adding a few small shifts to your meal habits, you can keep your belly happy! Here are some tips from Nadya’s book to help you beat the bloat:

  1. Allow your previous meal to digest before eating the next meal. Wait at least three hours between meals.

  1. Chew well and don’t talk while chewing. If you’re eating with others, put down your fork between bites and let the flavor and the experience of food be your only focus. Don’t eat and speak at the same time. Better yet, meet friends for walks or for a tea and keep social eating to minimum until your gut is healthy and strong.

  1. Be careful with your fiber. Coarse or poorly chewed fiber will delay passage through the digestive system and slow the rate at which the food is digested and absorbed. So if you don’t chew a slice of bread or a piece of potato properly, you’re leaving a lot more work for your stomach and it will take longer.

  1. Eat fruit at least 30 minutes before meals. Don’t eat fruits after a meal. This habit is gas-forming and leads to bloating.

  1. Don’t drink anything cold while eating. Ideally, limit cold foods as well. Fruits should be room temperature (not straight from the fridge). If you can’t live without your ice cream, have some ginger tea afterward.

  1. Chew on fennel seeds or sip a hot fennel and ginger tea. Prepare fennel tea by crushing one teaspoon of fennel seeds and adding it to one cup of water in a pot. Bring the water to a boil, cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and strain. A traditional dose of fennel tea is about two to three cups daily. If you’re at a restaurant or don’t have fennel seeds, opt for a mint tea. It’s also soothing to the digestive tract. Another tip: carry tea bags in your purse so you’ll always have the kind you like handy.

  1. Go for a brisk walk. Aim for 30 minutes of walking. I also like to add a few jumping jacks or twists. This helps to increase blood circulation and to release gas.

I haven’t been able to put my copy of this book down since I received it. I highly recommend anyone who’s ever had a bloated belly pick-up a copy immediately! Not convinced? You can get two chapters free HERE. And after you get hooked by those two chapters, you can grab your copy of the book HERE.

xoxo Erin

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One thought on “7 Tips to Get Rid of a Bloated Stomach

  1. That all sounds wonderful and so do-able. Thank you.

    I’ve been practising eating slowly but I hadn’t thought about eating fruit before a meal.

    Best wishes

    Margaret

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