7 Natural Ways to Relieve Bloating!
Research shows that 74% of Americans are dealing with digestive issues that include gas, uncomfortable bloating and abdominal pain.
Does this include you?
If so, you might have tried every over-the-counter medication on the shelf advertised to relieve bloating. Yet, you're still dealing with the same discomfort as when you started.
Today, we're shedding light on a few approaches you might not have known about until now. They're proven, quick-acting and effective. The best part? They're also all-natural, so you can feel good about trying them.
Ready to learn more? Let's get started!
1. Incorporate Plant-Based Probiotics Into Your Diet
Also known as your gut microbiome, your gut flora is a system of microbes that lives in your digestive tract. In recent years, studies have proven that the health of this system can affect your overall lifestyle, influencing both your physical and mental health.
If too much bacteria and yeast accumulate in your gut flora, it can lead to bloating and other gastrointestinal issues. To slow their growth, you can reach for live, good bacteria that work to counteract excessive buildup.
Thankfully, it isn't difficult to incorporate these probiotics into your diet. Look for fermented foods labeled as such, including:
Not only will these foods help settle your stomach and ease any bacterial imbalance, but they will also lessen gas production and act as natural stool softeners. If your bloating is attributed to constipation, this could make a major difference.
2. Stay Hydrated
You've heard it all of your life, but staying hydrated really is as important as everyone claims it to be. Find a great reusable water bottle you don't mind carrying it around and fill it up throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water helps flush out your system and transports nutrients throughout your system.
Want to boost its health benefits even more? Squeeze a fresh lemon into your water, pulp and all.
The citric acid that it contains can help ward off and prevent kidney stones from forming. In addition, it's also full of soluble fiber, which can help combat constipation and bloat.
3. Try Gut-Soothing Tea Blends
Looking for a more satiating beverage that still packs a powerful health punch? Our tea selection includes a few varieties designed to help you reduce and relieve bloating naturally.
Start by checking out our Colon Cleanse Tea. This 100% natural tea is ideal for a gentle nighttime cleanse. With one cup, you can reset and detox with ease. There's a reason this is one of our best-selling tea blends: It's easy to use, delicious to drink, and incredibly effective.
When your body is exposed to toxins on a daily basis, it doesn't take long for them to impact your gut health. As a result, you might feel bloated, uncomfortable and gassy. Our Colon Cleanse Tea is full of gut-loving ingredients that gently restore your system, including:
- Rhubarb root
- Lotus leaf
- Hawthorn berry extract
Want a nutritious, slightly caffeinated tea you can sip on a daily basis to keep your systems healthy and balanced? Take a look at our Profit Tea Blend. This loose-leaf tea contains a bevy of super plants that hail all the way from East Africa to China, India and the Middle East.
Sweetened with goji berries and red dates, other key ingredients include peppermint leaf and roselle! This tea is designed to give your immune system a boost and keep you feeling rejuvenated all day long.
4. Kick Your Coffee Habit
One benefit of incorporating our teas into your daily routine? You'll be able to kick your coffee habit to the curb for good. Though it might taste great and get you going in the morning, your 7:00 a.m. cup of Joe isn't doing your gut any favors.
Coffee is naturally dehydrating, depleting your body of the moisture it needs to stay regular. In addition, it ups your internal acid production, which can irritate your gastrointestinal tract. While it's best to eliminate it from your diet altogether, even cutting back to one or two cups a day can help.
5. Try Simple Yoga Moves
You don't have to be a contortionist to reap the benefits of yoga! There are plenty of gentle, easy moves that anyone can master in minutes. In addition to being one of the best natural remedies for bloating, yoga is also great for your muscular and joint health.
If you feel like your digestive system is in knots, set aside about 15 minutes and grab a mat.
The first move to try is called apanasana. It sounds fancy, but it's one of the simplest, most soothing exercises you can do for your whole body, and it's an especially effective way to relieve any gut pain. To get into position, lie flat on your back. Then, slowly hug your knees to your chest.
Hold that move for as long as you'd like, then let your knees drop to one side, allowing your head to fall to the opposite side. This is called a supine twist. Switch sides and feel the stretch along the full length of your body.
Other tried-and-true yoga movements that can help stimulate blood flow in your lower body include downward dog and standing forward fold. You can learn how to do those moves here!
6. Eat a Banana
It sounds easy enough, but can a banana really help you feel better when you're in the throes of painful bloating and cramping?
Turns out, many experts agree that the answer is "yes", especially if the fruit is extra-ripe.
Chocked full of fiber, bananas are a great digestive aid. They also help ease your bowel movements.
An added benefit? They contain high levels of potassium, which can help regulate your body's fluid levels. When those levels become excessive, that's when you start to notice the bloating!
The key is to check the ripeness of your bunch before you dig in. While those soft and slightly bruised fruits are ideal for your gut, unripened ones can have the opposite effect.
In the dietary realm, these are known as "resistant starches". This means that it can be more difficult for your body to digest bananas when they're firm and slightly green. Overall, however, it's still smart to reach for this snack. Once they reach your digestive system, all bananas help encourage the growth of those healthy microbes that are so beneficial to your gut.
7. Eliminate Dairy For a While
It's hard to accept, but your nightly ice cream habit could be one of the underlying causes of your consistent bloating.
When we're infants, our bodies produce a plentiful amount of an enzyme called lactase. This is the key component we need to successfully process lactose, which is the primary sugar in milk.
As newborns, we need this enzyme in vast quantities to digest our mother's breast milk. However, as we grow into adults, our stores of lactase decrease.
As such, it becomes more difficult to digest the lactose in milk.
Whether you've been diagnosed as lactose intolerant or not, research reveals that about 65% of the human race has a reduced ability to digest lactose after we pass infancy. That means there's a good chance that the dairy you consume on a regular basis is working against your digestive health.
While you don't have to say goodbye to your beloved coffee creamer, cheese pizza, and chocolate sprinkle cone forever, try going dairy-free for a period of time. If it significantly helps relieve your bloating, you might find that it's a move you want to stick with!
It's Time to Relieve Bloating the Right Way
By now, it might seem as though bloating will always be a normal part of your life. You've dealt with it for years and none of the medications prescribed have seemed to do the trick.
That's why it's time to try an all-natural solution.
Most bloating can be attributed to an imbalance in the microbe system that comprises your gut flora. There are also certain foods that can irritate your digestive tract and make it more difficult to achieve regular bowel movements. Identifying these culinary culprits can also help improve your gut health and relieve bloating.
Looking for a natural, delicious way to ease your tummy troubles and stay healthy?
That's where we come in.
Our tea blends help you achieve whole-body wellness from the inside out. In addition to our Colon Cleanse Tea Blend and Profit Tea Blend, we also make a wide variety of teas, skincare products, and other gear to help you live well.
Ready to beat bloating and become a healthier new you? Get the Detox Starter Pack.
Adi Arezzini | @adiarezzini
Co-Founder + CEO, Teami Blends
Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach
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