Bloating is normal
Fact – we fart on average 20 times a day 😆
It’s actually very normal to get some form of bloating throughout the day.
Doctors seem to hand out the IBS diagnosis very easily.
A good nutritionist will check the following first
Are you drinking a lot of carbonated drinks?
Are you chewing gum and swallowing air?
You may have an intolerance to some artificial sweeteners, usually words ending in ol such as xylitol and sorbitol
Are you eating a lot of gas producing foods such as beans, legumes, cauliflower?
Not chewing your food – me!
Eating large meals to fast – me!
Not eating regular enough – try smaller meals more often
Drinking too much alcoholAre you stressed – our gut feels our emotions!
Did you go from eating barely any fibre to a lot of fibre?
Change in diet – this needs to happen slower
Limit fruit juices
Do you drink a lot of caffeine? Limit this it aggravates your stomach
Does it happen around your period time only?
Other things that help with bloating
Avoiding tight clothing around the stomach
Focus on soluble fibre foods such as oats, flax, potatoes and peas
Movement and activity
Reduce your stress
Take a peppermint Oil capsule – not a long-term Solution and for no more than 1 month
It’s not normal however for this to be painful and consistent. Or to have a big change in bowel habits. Or blood in your stool. If you have eliminated all of the above and you are still concerned go to see you GP.
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