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Spring Clean Your Body: Belly Bloat

It’s time to do some spring cleaning! Besides cleaning out your attic, closets, garage, and yard … don’t forget about cleansing your body too. Today’s blog is the second in a six-part series on cleanses.

Belly bloat is a common complaint. Generally, it’s caused by overeating, consuming rich and and fatty foods which take longer to digest, and eating too fast. The result is that you can become constipated which causes bloating; simply put it’s a back up of food and waste in your colon or digestive tract.

So, how can you avoid belly bloat? Here are some things to consider doing:

AVOID:

All of these: Smoking, chewing gum, eating too quickly, drinking through a straw, sucking on candies, all result in swallowing lots of air.

Eating sugar-free food: these contain sugar alcohol which are found in plants that have a sweet flavor. They cause fermentation in the intestinal tract, a process which attracts water. The body simply cannot digest them. which leads to bloating, gas, and sometimes diarrhea.

Eating too many gassy foods: these can lead to belly bloat: beans,broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, apples, peaches, pears, lettuce, onions, milk products;


DO THESE THINGS:

Water: drink more water to avoid becoming constipated.

Probiotics: eat high quality probiotics that are gluten, dairy, egg, and soy free.

Carbonated drinks: avoid drinking them as they are full of carbon dioxide or gas.

Flaxseed: grind up some and add 1-2 tablespoons of this miraculous fiber to your diet; it’s a natural laxative.

Green Juice It: vegetable juice is filled with live enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that help aid in digestion and elimination. Add some ginger or turmeric for that extra digestive boost!

Salty foods: after eating sodium-rich foods, prop your legs up on a pillow for 30 minutes 3-4 times a day to reduce swelling.

Move your body: walk, run, dance, do some yoga to improve elimination and aid in detoxification; moving your body stimulates the natural contraction of intestinal muscles.

Epsom Salt Bath: warm water relaxes your body as the Epsom salt aids in a gentle detoxification. Soak for 20 minutes for best results.

Magnesium Citrate: is a saline laxative found in packets or tablets that works to increase  fluid in the small intestine, aiding in developing a bowel movement within 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Have questions? Simply reach out to me at Step Forward to Better Health.

I acknowledge that this image is borrowed from the Liver Doctor on May 1, 2017. Thank you!

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