Tips to Banish the Bloat and Flatten Your Tummy
- Posted on: Nov 29 2018
One question that my patients often ask me is, “How can I tell the difference between belly fat and belly bloat?”
This is a pretty simple answer. Belly fat is something that doesn’t really change during the day. Fat doesn’t contract and expand much (with the exception of gaining a little water weight when eating a salty or processed food meal).
True belly bloat is a whole other issue. Some people with bloating problems can find the circumference around their waist increase several inches after even the smallest meal! Belly bloat typically goes up and down dramatically depending on the time of day, activity level, and what you eat.
If belly bloat is a problem for you, here are some solutions:
1. Probiotics – Belly bloat can be due to a poor microbiome. The microbiome is the trillions of bacteria that line your intestines. When the microbiome is unhealthy it can create gas and inflammation leading to belly bloat. Taking a daily probiotic with at least 1-3 billion CFU can be a good way to supplement the good bacteria in your gut.
2. Fermented foods – Foods like kim chi, sauerkraut, miso, kombucha, and kefir are filled with good bacteria that can also help your gut microbiome. The standard American diet is pretty much devoid of fermented foods, so being a little adventurous can pay off!
3. Peppermint Tea – This tea is known to improve gut motility to allow food (and gas) to pass through more easily. Drink a cup or two a day to help with belly bloat.
4. Avoid dairy and gluten – Milk and wheat-based products can create GI upset in a lot of people. Even if you don’t have Celiac Disease, gluten can cause bloating, cramps, and other symptoms like fatigue and brain fog. Try going off these foods for two weeks and see how you feel. I bet you’ll notice an improvement in your belly bloat!
If belly bloat is a major issue for you, I discussed this topic at length with gut health expert Summer Bock on my podcast from October 4, 2017 called Banish the Bloat. You can check it out on iTunes by clicking HERE or on the Stitcher app for Android phones HERE.
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