Are you bloated? There are so many factors that can go into why someone might be bloated. Mild or short-term bloating is normal, but if you are constantly bloated there is something underlying that should be addressed. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to help with your short-term bloating.
What can you do?
Make sure you are not drinking water before and after eating. Drinking water with meals dilutes your stomach acid, which we need to absorb and digest our food. I recommend avoiding water or liquids 15 minutes before and after your food, unless you’re swallowing pills.
Please make sure you are chewing your food thoroughly. This means you need to chew your food about 30 times until you can swallow it without needing water.
Food intolerances, such as gluten and dairy, can cause bloating. It is really important to figure out if there is a specific food that might be causing your issues.
Stress. We need to be in the parasympathetic state (rest or digest) to be able to digest our food. If you’re eating when you’re in that sympathetic state, you’re going to end up bloated and your gut won’t be able to digest the food you just ate. This means sitting when you are eating your food while remaining in a calm environment.
Lastly, your gut microbiome plays a huge role in your digestion, mood, immune function, and even your metabolism. It is important that we take care of our gut health and be using a quality SPORE probiotic, such as Just Thrive (code “krissy” saves you 15% off). It is important to note that chronic gut issues may mean you need to do a comprehensive stool test to rule out an infection, gut dysbiosis, or Candida overgrowth.
If you need help with addressing the reason why you might be bloated, feel free to reach out! We can look at your diet, lifestyle, and get to the root cause of your issues. We can even order a stool panel to look at that gut microbiome and put you on a specific protocol or run other Functional Lab Testing if needed. It’s time to stop masking our symptoms and really figure out what is actually causing them.