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Bloating in the stomach is life threatening.

Wait, what did you just say?

Bloating is life threatening – seriously.

Being bloated is uncomfortable, embarrassing, and threatens your overall quality of life.

Life threatening.

Oh, no no… not in that way, my friend.

But bloating is a real pain in the (you know what).

And the good news is – you don’t have to experience it!

So, while several articles will tell you simple tips and tricks (I’ll do that, too)I’m going to tell you how to heal your body to prevent bloating in the stomach for good.

Not just slap a band aid over the situation and call it a day, just to bloat again tomorrow.

You deserve ALL the answers, not just a few tid bits of information – because being bloated is no way to live.

Bloating takes a toll on your energy levels, confidence, pant size, and so much more.

So, I’ll always be here to remind you that you deserve better – because you do.

Stick with me – here I’ll reveal exactly how to eliminate bloating in the stomach in a sustainable fashion to make sure you get to wake up each day flat bellied and confident, and fall back asleep at night without that helium balloon in your tummy.

bloating in the stomach

What Causes Bloating in the Stomach?

Bloating is a sign of digestive distress caused by a disturbance in the gutthe part of your body containing your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine.

This means “something didn’t sit well.”

After you eat food, your digestive system works to break down that food, and absorb the nutrients to then use for energy.

Afterall, food = energy.

But when there is a disruption in this process, your body often experiences the unwarranted side effects (gas, constipation, abdominal pain and swelling, inflammation, etc.).

When your stomach expands, it is due to the excess in pressure and air in the digestive tract.

We can all attest to how this is not a desirable feeling, no matter the cause. Trying to wiggle your way into those skinny jeans becomes more of a sport than a fashion trend.

But most importantly, bloating in the stomach is caused by poor gut health, meaning that your body is struggling to be able to digest your foods efficiently, leaving you with that slew of sluggish side effects.

Good news, though!

Bloating can not only be prevented, but when you restore your gut health (I’ll touch more on that later), bloating can be eliminated for GOOD!

6 Ways To Prevent Bloating

Now before I dive into the sustainable solution, I want to give you some helpful tips to incorporate into your daily routine that work to prevent bloating in the stomach.

1. Eat for Fuel – Not ’till Full

Our food is our energy source, but if we eat too little or too much, our energy levels tend to struggle.

If we eat too little, we are unable to attain the proper energy from our foods.

Too many diets leave you feeling nauseous, weak, and lightheaded because your body is unable to get the energy it needs from that small quantity of food.

On the other hand, if we eat too much food, our body struggles to process (digest) it.

Your stomach expands to “tackle the issue at hand” and you feel that bloated, uncomfortable, almost “heavy” feeling in your gut.

All your energy is going to try to digest your food, as opposed to being easily able to use that food for energy.

Sounds crazy. Simple concept. Food = Energy.

Be like Goldilocks and find your perfect fit (proper size meal).

2. Explore Food Intolerances and Sensitivities

There could be foods that your body is sensitive to and that is why your digestive system is having a hard time processing them.

A simple way to discover these trigger foods is to track how you feel after you eat certain meals.

Then see common trends of how you feel between the ingredients in the foods.

For instance, I had cauliflower rice and cauliflower pizza on two different occasions. Both times I puffed up like a balloon. When I tried cauliflower by itself, I bloated again. So, the common denominator was cauliflower.

Even though it’s healthy and a great low carb alternative, my body is sensitive to it, so I now exclude it from my meals.

A lot of people have intolerances to dairy, gluten (me!), caffeine, fructose, soy, eggs, sugar alcohols, and more.

3. Avoid Swallowing Air and Gases

Straws.

My favorite drink companion and my nemesis all in one.

I love a good straw.

It helps me to drink more water, they come in pretty colors, you know the deal…

They’re great – except if they’re plastic, ending up in the ocean, and meanwhile causing you to bloat up from all the excess air.

Straws cause you to drink too quickly, which adds a rush of air into your digestive system with every sip. This accumulates as gas and results in uncomfortable bloating in the stomach.

Carbonated drinks, eating too fast, and chewing gum all have the same effects.

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4. Avoid Inflammatory Causing Foods

The food industry has become just that – an industry.

They manufacture and process foods, adding in chemicals, sugars, and additives that make our foods less recognizable to our digestive systems (because it’s not REAL food!).

The food industry creates products as opposed to food. So, farm to table has now become farm to factory to table.

It’s a terrible interception that causes the opposing team to win and the home team to walk home with that big L.

So, you want to simplify your diet and eat recognizable ingredients.

Avoid foods with complex labels and understand what makes up the food that will then become your energy source.

Because if it’s not real food, it’s not real energy.

And the bloating will ensue as your body attempts to fight back.

5. Try a Low FODMAP, Anti Inflammatory Diet

Fancy terms, right?

Now when I say “diet” I don’t mean a starvation plan. I mean filling your plate with real, wholesome ingredients that nourish your body.

Low FODMAP is a great guide if you have a sensitive digestive system. There are a lot of free apps, like:

  • Fast FODMAP Lookup
  • Low FODMAP Diet A to Z
  • Spoonful: Low Fodmap Scanner

These apps will help guide you to consuming foods that are easy on your digestive tract.

Anti – inflammatory foods are even better.

These are foods that work to heal your gut health, which alleviates any bloating and chronic inflammation.

Too many people think they are carrying around excess fat, but, the “puffy” feeling is nothing more than inflammation caused by the foods the industries are producing.

Hence, none of this is your fault. NONE of it.

But marketing schemes can be tricky and try to convince you to buy their said product, making you think that “gluten free, dairy free, soy free, low fat, low sugar, low calorie, etc.” are viable, healthier alternatives.

When, most of that is just a selling technique and a way to skyrocket their prices.

Trust me, I developed a gluten intolerance when I was in college (broke and bloated I like to say), and I would spend so much money on eating foods that were LABELLED gluten free, and I would end up feeling so much worse.

This is because a lot of these products DO NOT have those certain ingredients in them, but they DO have a lot of complex starches and unwarranted carbohydrates (sugar, sugar, and more sugar) causing that seemingly healthy choice to become more of a health hazard and danger to your wallet.

It’s frustrating, right?

I know I was infuriated.

I worked for three years to find the proper anti-inflammatory foods that worked to heal my body, making me feel energized and replenished, and I created the 21 Day Gut Health Challenge if you’re interested in learning those tactics.

You want natural food.

This doesn’t mean everything has to be organic, but just real ingredients that are genuinely good for your body – not products that leave you feeling bloated, and without a lot of money left in your pocket when you leave the store.

I told you I would remind you that you deserve better – so again, you deserve better than the food industry is providing you.

6. Beware of Added Sugar

Ahh yes, the culprit of undesired weight gain and chronic inflammation – added sugar.

See, added sugar is sugar that is added to your foods during processing.

It is NOT natural. So, don’t chuck out the banana quite yet – there are different types of sugar.

Fructose is the type of sugar found in fruit. You can remember F for Fructose goes with F for Fruit.

Glucose is the sugar that gets added during processing because this is what people are addicted to consuming.

Seriously, sugar is 10x more addictive than cocaine. It’s legal crack.

It’s destroying our digestive systems because it is not a proper energy source. Instead, it gets stored as fat.

So, while anything beyond moderation will make you gain weight, sugars (and starches) are overly complex and thus, difficult for your digestive system to process.

Leaving you bloated, inflamed, and frustrated with your weight.

The Way to Eliminate Bloating in the Stomach for Good

Okay – now it’s time for the REAL solution. The one that gets to the core of the issue – YOUR core!

Our gutthe part of the digestive system that consists of the stomach, small intestine, and large intestineregulates SO many of body’s processes, including, but not limited to:

  • Healthy Digestion
  • Bloating and Inflammation
  • Weight management (and weight loss)
  • Skin Health
  • Nutrient Absorption
  • Heart Health and Cholesterol Levels
  • Brain Clarity and Mental Health
  • Hunger and Appetite
  • Immunity
  • Chronic Illness

You can see how this one simple thing is by far THE one thing you want on your side.

But when it’s not, you experience undesired side effects (i.e. – bloating and inflammation).

gut health

What Makes Up Your Gut and Why Is It In Charge?

These were questions I had when I learned the term “gut health.”

But your gut is known as the “second brain” and has great control regarding several aspects of our body.

Essentially, your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine are all assigned jobs. Think of it as their 9 to 5, just crazier work hours because they must work overtime for whenever else we decide to eat.

  • The stomach works to digest the foods.
  • The small intestine absorbs the nutrients for energy (which does not happen when your gut is unhealthy, hence the low energy levels you may be experiencing).
  • And your large intestine absorbs water and vitamins/minerals, while also pushing everything along to have healthy bowel movements.

They can do these processes thanks to healthy gut microbes (good bacteria) that exist throughout the digestive tract.

But our bodies don’t just come with healthy bacteria ready to go, we must establish and maintain these so our bodies can thrive. (Let me tell you though, it feels amazing when you do!)

I even lost 15 pounds without trying by establishing a healthy gut, my stomach remains flat throughout all hours of the day, my skin is glowing, and my energy and metabolism are through the roof.

But even better, I don’t munch on grass all day long. I love my meals andn feel great after eating them.

You Deserve Healing

By restoring your digestive health, your body begins to reap incredible benefits from each of the bulleted categories I had mentioned earlier
(for the processes the gut controls):

  • Healthy Digestion
  • Bloating and Inflammation
  • Weight management (and weight loss)
  • Skin Health
  • Nutrient Absorption
  • Heart Health and Cholesterol Levels
  • Brain Clarity and Mental Health
  • Hunger and Appetite
  • Immunity
  • Chronic Illness

You also rid your body of bloating in the stomach and inflammation in a sustainable fashion.

I spent three years testing out how to restore digestive health in a simple way that does not rely on supplements, but rather anti-inflammatory meals and easy to integrate techniques.

I learned that it takes 21 days to establish a routine, so I fit all of these into a challenge if you are interested. Be sure to check out the 21 Day Gut Health Challenge if you’re ready to kiss bloating goodbye for a lifetime.

Remember, you DESERVE to feel better.

Bloating is preventable by simple techniques, but most importantly, it’s treatable for the long haul by addressing the larger issue at hand – your gut health.

immune system and gut health

For more information on bloating and gut health, be sure to check out Viome’s article HERE.

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