Beat the Bloat

Sometimes, no matter how hard you work and no matter how disciplined you are about dieting and working out, you may still feel like your a little chubby.  This feeling is normal and is not evidence based but instead on a perception you may have.  To put perspective to this, what you may see or feel could very well be temporary and a something that may be easily fixed.  The condition I’m describing is one that everyone has heard of, it’s known as bloat.

bloating

Bloating is an abnormal swelling, increase in diameter or feeling of fullness and tightness in the abdominal area as gas and liquid are trapped inside.  Common causes of bloating can include overeating, menstraution, constipation, food allergies, and irritable bowel syndrome.

When dealing with bloat, it’s important to identify a few things.  First, there are four factors that can influce how prone you are to bloating or fluid retention.  Consider if your life has one or more of the following:

  1. Stress:  A stressful event triggers hormone fluctuations that raise blood pressure and divert blood to your extremities, causing your digestive system to slow down.  This can leasve that last meal sitting around in your intestine a little longer, causing bloating
  2. Lack of fluid.  It’s true that you need about 8 glasses of water a day.  Drinking water and eating “watery” foods such as greens, melon, and other fruits and veggies gueard against water retention and constipation, which can cause bloating.
  3. Lack of sleep.  Your nervous system depends on adequate sleep.  Too little sleep disrupts the intricate workings of this system, which controls the rhythmic contractions of your GI tract and helps keep thins humming along.
  4. Air travel.  The average plan maintains cabin pressure equal to 5,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level in order to provide a comfortable atmosphere for the assengers.  At that altitude, free air in the body cavities tends to expand by around 25 percent.  Pressure changes also increase the production of gases in your digestive system.  As the pressure in the cabin drops, the air in your intestines expands, causing bloating and discomfort.  Cabin pressurization is also responsible for increased water retention because it impacts your body’s natural fluid balance.  Add in the dehydration caused by recirculated air, and those bloat miles add up.  Before and during your flight, drink as much water as possble and walk around as often as possble during the flight.

Each of the factors listed above can be controlled or reversed.  What’s more, there’s a lot we can do to minmize bloat by what and how we eat.  Take some time and practice avoiding the following foods:

  • Eat four 300 calorie meals a day
  • Drink on full recipe made with drops of the Metabolic Blend Water per day
  • Eat Slowly
  • Avoid the following foods
    • Alcohol, coffee, tea, hot cocoa and acidic fruit juices
    • Bulky raw foods
    • Carbonated drinks
    • Chewing gum
    • Excess carbs
    • Fatty foods
    • Fried foods
    • Gassy foods, including broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, citris fruits, legumes, onions and peppers
    • Salt from the saltshaker, salt-based seasonings and highly processed foods
    • Spicy foods, including foods seasoned with barbecue sauce, black pepper, chilie peppers, chili powder, cloves, garlic, horseradish, hot sauce, ketchup, mutard, nutmeg, onions, tomato sauce, or vinegar
    • Sugar alcohols, such as xylitol and maltitol, which are often found in low-calorie, low-carb, or sugar free products such as candy, chewing gum, ice cream and jam.

Finally, using essential oils for health is also a great way to reduce bloating.  In addition to using the Metabolic Blend on a daily basis, also use Digestive Blend by applying directly to the stomach and to reflex points on the feet.

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