Once upon a time, about 3-4 years ago, I was living in a chronically inflamed, bloated, achy body. I was seriously never not bloated. After being bloated from stressing, and stressing from bloating, I about had enough and finally got a hold of my health and turned it around. The journey was more ugly than it was pretty. So much of it was unnecessary, and I wish I had someone earlier on to help me sift through the contradictory advice found all over the internet.
My mission was to figure out EVERYTHING I could possibly learn on how to stop, prevent and avoid bloating at all costs. The numbers of women who deal with chronic digestive issues is staggering, and I hear you, I see you. I've got a pretty hefty arsenal on ways to help you beat bloat and have smooth, easy, beautiful digestion.. but today I'll share my top 5 strategies!
What would you give to never have to deal with bloating again? Ask me this question 3-4 years ago and I would have told you, "anything".
5 Steps to Beat Bloat
1. Cleanse daily. There are simple detoxing practices you can adopt into your daily routines that will not disrupt your life or body, in fact, it will do just the opposite. I wrote a blog post about this last week, but other ways you can detox include drinking dandelion tea, taking a shot of ACV before a meal, or drinking plenty of purified, alkaline water throughout the day (you can use this calculator to see how much you need to drink). And sorry, juice and tea don't count towards necessary liquid intake.
2. Make your gut happy. An inflamed gut is a tell-tale sign of something gone seriously wrong. With ALL chronic disease or complications in the body, it stems from the gut. Keep the mothership humming along nicely, and the rest of the body's health will glow. Eat fermented vegetables, stress less, drink bone broth, take a high quality probiotic supplement, drink kombucha... these are great ways to get started.
3. Ditch gluten, grains, soy, corn and dairy. What?!?! Is there anything left to eat? Oh heavens yes. These foods are almost always the trigger foods that inflame the digestive tract and are the most often found to be GMO. Eat a whole food based diet with plenty of leafy vegetables, some fruit, low-glycemic carbohydrates like root vegetables, healthy omega-3 fats and saturated fats, pastured or grass-fed meats and pastured eggs. The deliciousness is endless.
4. Go to the bathroom 3-4x a day. I understand that this is NOT the majority, and this is exactly why the health of America is so incredibly poor today. All health starts and ends in the gut, so when you're not eliminating toxins, ugly things start to happen. For example, your gut lining can decay, causing you to get a "leaky gut", which can lead to toxins and waste going into the bloodstream and circulating throughout the entire body. Laxatives are not the answer, clearly, so what do we do? Everything here will help you achieve this healthy, regular digestion. Other things you might consider include exercising daily to get the digestion moving and letting your digestive system rest from 7pm-breakfast time the next morning so you can let your body do it's job of properly eliminating food.
5. Smart supplementing. Given our depleted soils, and the near impossibility of getting the sufficient amount of micronutrients and minerals from our standard diets, high quality supplements should absolutely be considered. I can't lie, even when I was doing a lot of the right things, I still knew I needed an edge on my health and once I got my supplement game going strong, I noticed a significant difference. However, be advised, not all supplements are created equal and most are actually very harmful. I remember taking a calcium supplement I got at GNC that was the size of my pinky finger and it made me painfully bloated (these chalky horse-pills are actually not absorbed or assimilated by the body and are a complete waste of your money). This is why I recommend liquid supplements for their bioavailability and gentleness on the digestive system. The supplement industry isn't regulated whatsoever, so we're basically going off the spoken word of these mass-producing companies, which can be a bit scary. It requires a lot of research and knowledge about what you're getting into, and for that reason I highly recommend Genesis Pure for every daily supplement needed, and Green Pasture for fermented cod liver oil.
Are you struggling to get a handle on your digestive issues? If so, you're not alone! Try out some of these strategies on beating bloat and leave a comment below about your experience.
To flat tummies,