That figure-hugging LBD looked great this morning when you tried it on. Now? You’re bloated, full and feel like an un popped balloon. GAH! Follow these tips and you’ll feel sexy again in no time…
Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com explains that bloating is ‘the feeling of having lots of gas in your digestive system.’
‘It can make your stomach protrude and feel very uncomfortable.’
As many as one in four people suffer from bloating and one in ten say it affects their life in some way. So, you’re not alone!
But here’s some handy tips on how to conquer it…
1.Whip up a fruit appetiser
Pineapple and papaya contain digestive enzymes which help pre-digest our food to minimise fermentation and bloating within the gut,’ explains Nutritionist Lily Souter*.
2. Drink a peppy tea
‘Peppermint is a great digestive aid, known for alleviating bloating,’ says Lily. Stick the kettle on, love!
3. Take a 5-minute speed walk
‘This gets your bowels moving and will help move any trapped gas,’ reveals Shona. Or, try three minutes of running up and down the stairs as energetically as possible. (WARNING: You will fart…)
4. Eat stinky food
That’s leeks, garlic and onions, ladies! Shona tells Now: ‘Water retention can be due to hormonal issues. Make sure the liver can detoxify hormones by eating these sulphur-containing foods.’ (It’s all rather complicated…)
5. Say NO to diet drinks
‘They’re low in calories, but the fizzy bubbles in carbonated diet drinks can cause gas to get trapped in your stomach, causing bloating,’ explains Shona. Try drinking water flavoured with lemon, lime, or cucumber instead.
6. Ditch gum
Chewing gum can lead to swallowing air, which can cause bloating. Suck on a mint for a quick fresh-breath hit.
7. Take a bath
If you’re not too pressed for time, indulge in a 20-minite Epsom salt bath. The magnesium in the salts draws fluid and toxins away from the body to relieve bloating!
WESTLAB Pure Epsom Salt 1kg, £5.99, Superdrug
When bloating gets TOO bad….
See your GP if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following…
Is your bloating persistent and severe?
Does the bloating make you vomit?
Do you get either diarrhoea or constipation alongside the bloating?
Have you lost a lot of weight rapidly and for no reason?
Do you get a temperature with the bloating?
Do you have blood in your urine or poo?
Do you have irregular periods?
Do you have severe abdominal pain?