Bloating is a concept that all of us are familiar with, despite our best efforts. It can occur after a heavy meal or after every meal. In fact, sometimes it seems like it appears for absolutely no reason! One of the most common factors causing bloating is your gut!
Why does bloating happen? To put it simply, bloating occurs if your intestines are unable to properly break down and digest certain foods or when you swallow excess air while eating or drinking. The good news is, through several small but consistent healthy and conscious choices, you can handle this situation like a boss!
Bloating happens most frequently after a big meal or after gorging on rich food. Attempt to consciously enjoy each bite of your food. This helps you to eat slowly and relish the taste of the food. It also allows enough time for your stomach to signal when it is full, so you can avoid overeating. When eating a rich meal, enjoy everything you want by keeping your portions small and pausing after each serving to consciously evaluate how full you are.
On most days you will feel much better by just drinking a glass or two of water. Yes, it has to be water; not fizzy sodas or carbonated drinks. As much as you may love your glass of pop, it is best to avoid it when you feel bloated.
Curate your menu
First off, identify which foods cause you to bloat. Difficult-to-digest foods like beans or gas inducing vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower and even whole grains can be difficult to digest leaving you feeling gassy and bloated. Another major factor is food allergies. More and more people are developing dairy, gluten, nut allergies etc. which can be severe in some cases, but for most people it manifests in mild irritation and bloating. It is important for you to keep track of your food intake to identify what exactly causes you to bloat.
Improve your digestive system
Apart from being careful about your food intake and staying hydrated, strengthening your digestive system is the single most important thing that will help you to reduce bloating. How, you ask? The bacteria that live in your gut are vital to the digestion process. Keeping them happy will keep you and your tummy happy.
To this end it is vital to include foods good for gut health in your daily diet. This includes foods like Mulethi which has active compounds glycyrrhizin and carbenoxolone that helps relieve constipation, stomach discomfort and other stomach problems. Indian Triphala has been shown to helps with regular bowel movement. Foods like Matcha promote the growth of good bacteria and reduce inflammation of the bowels. Together with a few other odds and ends, they form the holy grail for a healthy gut and regular bowel movements.
You know what else has Mulethi and Triphala along with other goodies like Jeera, Ginger, Ashoka Root? Our My Happy Gut mix of course! 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon each day will keep you and your tummy healthy, happy and bloat free! Do you have any other quick fixes for your tummy troubles? We’d love to hear from you!