Are you frustrated with looking 6 months pregnant when you’re not?
There’s nothing worse than being unable to fit into your favorite pair of jeans one week and not the next. This massive distention of the abdomen leads to feeling very uncomfortable and tired, which in turn creates the misery we know as bloating.
These pesky bouts of bloating that come and go affect everyone from time to time. But when the bloating becomes a regular occurrence, it’s time to address it at the root cause.
Hormonal shifts, especially in women, play their part by affecting digestion and increasing the likelihood of fluid retention a common culprit for creating bloating.
Dehydration and diets high in salt and processed foods can also lead to significant fluid retention. When this occurs alongside the body’s natural fluid retention which happens in the week or so before a period, the sudden bloating can be very frustrating.
Water is a natural diuretic and the No. 1 remedy for fluid retention. Strangely enough it’s also the one thing most people shy away from as they already feel stretched to the limit! Foods high in water content are also recommended to flush any excess salt from the body. These are mostly salad veggies such as cucumber and celery.
Another significant culprit for bloating is a build-up of gas. Constipation and the lack of proper digestion and absorption of foods can lead to food allergies and intolerances which compound the sensation of bloating.
Foods such as canned beans and cruciferous vegetables (ie cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, etc) are notorious for causing massive bloating.
Ginger and peppermint are perfect for reducing the discomfort of trapped gas. Light exercise is also recommended.
If you’re being plagued by persistent bloating it’s advisable to rule out any serious medical conditions and then book in to address the root cause of your digestive or hormonal discomfort. Prevention is always better than cure!