Flat Belly Tips: Beating Bloat

Now that the holidays are over do you find yourself feeling a little bloated like you have a small food baby in your tummy? Don’t worry bloating is totally common and you may be surprised to find out what contributes to it. Today I am sharing tips for beating that bloated feeling.

Tips for bloating

Eating Too Quickly:  Slow down and really enjoy your food.  Focus on chewing your food thoroughly and enjoying the taste and texture.  No need to rush!  

Chewing Gum:  I don’t chew gum anymore!  I found that this was a major cause of my bloating.  Chewing a lot of gum can lead to ingesting a lot of air.  Instead opt for mints or a little peppermint essential oil on your tongue if you need to freshen your breath.  

Too Much Fiber:  Be sure not to increase your fiber too quickly.  This can lead to bloat.  If your New Year’s resolution is to eat more veggies (yeah that is mine too) then you could see an increase in your bloat.  Go slow and be careful with cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts.  Those tend to be gas producing.  

You’re Dehydrated:  Be sure to stay fully hydrated.  When you are dehydrated your body can tend to retain water.  Aim for half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.  

Artificial Sweeteners:  This one is big for me too.  When I was eating a ton of protein bars I noticed I was always gassy and bloated!  Then I realized they contained sucralose.   Artificial sweeteners can lead to gas and bloating so try not to consume too many or opt for natural sweeteners instead.  

Constipation:  Be sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet and staying hydrated.  Being physically active 3 times a week can also help with constipation.  

Carbonated Drinks:  Drinking too many carbonated drinks can cause major bloating.  Carbonation causes gas to get trapped in your intestines causing gas and bloating.  Instead add lemon or lime to regular water.  

One of my favorite ways to combat bloat quickly is with Digize essential oil.  It totally helps me with any tummy issues when get them.  I dilute it with a little coconut oil and rub on my tummy for quick relief.  Sometimes I will do a few yoga poses for digestion as well.  Total game changer.  Give it a try!  

I hope your 2018 is off to a great start!  I will be sharing lots of healthy tips, workouts, essential oil recipes and more on the blog in January so be sure to subscribe to get the latest updates.  Have an awesome week!