Digestion : 5 Smart Ways to Beat the Bloat

Posted April 29, 2016

Courtesy of Organic Connections

Nobody likes feeling bloated, and neither does our nutrition editor, Ashley Koff, RD, who offers up these great tips to avoid it.

1. Mind Your Manners. Talking while you're eating, chewing gum, smoking, and drinking through a straw can all cause you to swallow excess air, leaving you bloated and uncomfortable.

2. Great Things DO Come in Small Packages. Allow yourself to enjoy occasional treats, but limit yourself to just a taste or bite. The smaller portion will be better for your digestive system and prevent excess bloating.

3. Find Your Inner Balance. Of bacteria, that is. It's important to have a good balance of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in our digestive systems. When used daily as directed, a daily probiotic supplement or food can help restore a natural balance with ongoing probiotic protection.

4. How Sweet It Is. Keep this in mind the next time you go for a treat. Sugars, dried fruit, sweeteners and juice are treats that may not be friendly to all digestive systems. Carbonated drinks like sugary sodas will make your stomach puffy and distended. Keep it simple'stick to water with lemon, or herbal tea.

5. Spice Things Up. Spices don't just make your food taste good, they're important for your overall health too. Ginger and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties, while caraway, cumin and cinnamon play a role in digestion and can help with weight management. Adding different spices to your meals and snacks can help spice things up . . . the right way.

Don't Feel Weighed Down by Bloating. Hop on the treadmill, hit the dance floor or just run around with your nieces and nephews -- anything. Working up a sweat releases fluids your body might be holding, and just 20 to 30 minutes of exercise each day can help to move food along your digestive tract so bloating won't weigh you down.

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