Nobody likes the feeling of a bloated stomach. It can really weigh some people down and mess with emotions. There are many factors which can cause bloating such as overeating, hormonal imbalances, stress, weak digestion, but often it’s a result of improper eating habits.
Digestion beings in the mouth, but also revolves around our mental and emotional state. Our nervous system plays a big role in how food is digested. Many of us are constantly running around stressed, anxious, eating in a hurry or on the run and are not being present, this causes our stress hormones to go wild, switching into the “fight or flight” sympathetic nervous system mode. How is the body able to digest food if it is in perceived danger, all energy moves away from the digestive system to the arms and legs.
Conscious eating is one of the main components for preventing bloating. Your body and mind need to be in a relaxed calm state in order to digest and assimilate food properly.
My tops tips for instantly getting into digest mode is too:
- Sit down, and take 10 slow deep breaths from your belly. This helps reset your nervous system into the “rest and digest” mode. Start by inhaling for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, and slowly release for 4 counts.
- Chew chew chew your food!! At least 20-30 times each mouthful.
- Add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water 20-30 mintues before your main meals.
- Avoid liquids with meals (at least 20-30 minutes either side).
- Cut foods which cause inflammation (sugar, dairy, gluten).
- Be mindful of how much you’re eating, being present when eating allows you to be conscious of when you feel full. Don’t over-eat!
- Sip on a peppermint, ginger or fennel tea 20-30 minutes post dinner (or any main meal) to help aid digestion.
- Don’t eat if you’re not hungry! Grab a glass of water instead. Majority of the time people are just dehydrated.