How to Boost Your Gut Health and Eliminate Bloating
Apr 14, 2023
Do you suffer from bloating?
If you do, don’t worry you’re not alone. We’ve all been there where we have been at a social function, eaten something nice and the little treat turned our gut into a demonic gas waiting to be exorcised. But of course, we couldn’t let it out for fear of further embarrassment, so we held on in discomfort while our tummy resembled an inflated balloon.
Bloating is a common problem that affects many people and can be caused by a wide range of factors. One of the most important causes is poor gut health.
Luckily gut health is something we can take steps to improve and in this blog, we will discuss how improving your gut health plays an integral role in eliminating bloating. We will provide tips, so if you are looking for ways to get rid of that uncomfortable feeling, read on.
Identifying the causes of bloating
Common causes of bloating include an imbalance in gut bacteria, stress, eating too quickly, swallowing air (yes, it’s a thing!), eating gas-producing foods such as beans or cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and broccoli, and drinking carbonated beverages.
In order to identify the cause of your bloating, it is important to pay close attention to what you eat and when you experience bloating. Keeping a food diary can help you identify culprit foods so that you can avoid them in the future.
It is also important to experiment with different quantities because you may have a mild intolerance that can be managed by reducing both the frequency and volume of the foods that cause you to bloat. It is also important to note if bloating occurs after consuming certain types of food or drinks because it may not just be individual items, but entire food groups that you react to. Take gluten for example. Gluten can be found in several ingredients and meals and causes discomfort to many people.
It is also beneficial to monitor the amount of time it takes for bloating to pass because this could indicate wider gut-related issues like an imbalance in gut bacteria. Don’t worry though, with a little time and patience, this can be overcome.
Remember, your body finds some ingredients harder to digest than others, especially those that ferment during digestion. A scale has been created that measures food items according to how much they ferment during digestion. This scale is known as FODMAP. Foods like cauliflower, artichokes and kidney beans rank highly, so should be avoided, and foods like broccoli, kale and potatoes are fine.
Don’t forget that chewing your food properly and eating slowly can also reduce bloating significantly. Bloating is often caused by air that is swallowed during eating.
It is also important for those experiencing bloating to pay attention to stress levels and overall lifestyle habits such as sleep quality, as these can all have an effect on gut health. Additionally, if severe bloating persists despite changes in diet and lifestyle habits, it might be beneficial to consult a doctor or gastroenterologist who can further investigate potential causes.
Doctors normally recommend eliminating the foods that your body responds adversely to, but we think that’s no fun. Unless you’re allergic, we say try JUVIA instead. JUVIA breaks down carbohydrates before they get to your gut, so you don’t have to worry about the consequences when you next treat yourself, or worse, having to stop treating yourself altogether.
The symptoms of bloating
Bloating can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including abdominal pain or discomfort, gas, constipation, feeling full more quickly than usual and an uncomfortable increase in the size of your belly (often without warning).
An unhealthy gut microbiome can lead to dysbiosis, which can cause an imbalance in gut bacteria and lead to an increase in bloating and other gastrointestinal issues. Additionally, poor gut health can cause inflammation of the gut lining, leading to additional discomfort and bloating.
Common dietary triggers
It is important to remember that gut health is a complex issue and requires an individualized approach. Depending on the cause of your bloating, different strategies may be more effective than others. Working with a healthcare professional or nutritionist can help you identify the dietary triggers that are specific to your situation and create a personalized plan to reduce bloating.
Common dietary triggers for bloating include high-fibre foods such as cruciferous vegetables, legumes, and whole grains; dairy products; fatty and fried foods; carbonated beverages; artificial sweeteners; and sugar-free gum.
Diet is not the only cause of gut trouble. Stress has been linked to an increase in gut inflammation and disruption of gut bacteria balance which can contribute to bloating and other digestive issues. Taking time each day for mindfulness practices or physical activity such as yoga or tai chi can help manage stress levels so that you can feel better all around.
Natural remedies for bloating
There are a variety of natural remedies that can be used to relieve bloating symptoms. Herbal teas, such as peppermint, ginger, chamomile, and fennel, can help relax the digestive muscles and reduce both gas and bloating. Eating small meals more frequently throughout the day can have a positive effect on gut health by reducing gastric distention which often causes bloating.
Additionally drinking plenty of water is key for gut health in general – staying hydrated helps flush toxins out of the body and keeps your digestive system working optimally by breaking down food properly, and reducing constipation.
Herbs like dandelion root and burdock root are also beneficial for gut health because they are rich in antioxidants that help fight inflammation and protect gut cells from damage which often causes bloating. Additionally, consuming more fibre found in fruits and vegetables can help keep your digestive system regular. Finally consuming omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like nuts, seeds and fish helps reduce inflammation which can reduce bloating symptoms.
Including these natural remedies in your diet will help improve gut health and ultimately reduce those uncomfortable feelings associated with bloating. With patience and dedication, these tips will eventually lead you to a healthier gut microbiome and a bloat-free life.
JUVIA is a great way to improve your gut health without limiting the foods that you enjoy. JUVIA works by breaking down the carbohydrates that your body finds difficult to digest before they get to the gut, so they cannot ferment and cause bloating. More than this, the unfriendly bacteria in your gut are starved of their carbohydrate food source which causes them to die and this balances your gut microbiome.
Final thoughts on bloating and gut health
It is clear that gut health plays an important role in the prevention of bloating. By taking steps to improve your gut health, such as eating healthy foods, getting enough fibre and avoiding processed foods, you can reduce bloating and other digestive issues. Additionally, it’s essential to pay attention to signs of poor gut health so that any underlying conditions or imbalances can be addressed quickly.
Hundreds of people around the world are delighted with the impact JUVIA has had on their gut health and overall well-being. It has given them the freedom to enjoy life’s delights without the negative consequences.
With these tips in mind, you will be well on your way towards improving your gut health and reducing bloating in no time at all.