Resident Healthy Mummy nutritionist Elisha Danine has given us her eight TOP TIPS for getting rid of that pesky belly bloat.
8 top tips to beat belly bloat
1. Make water your number one drink
Many people don’t realise they drink a lot of their calories; 2 x 600ml bottles of soft drink contain as many as 500 calories – this could be the difference between losing weight and hitting a plateau.
2. Make your own iced green tea
The catechins in green tea – called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), have a proven effect on metabolism and weight loss.
HOW TO: Make a pot of green tea and cool. Place in a jug with a squeeze of lemon and/or some mint leaves or fruit slices and refrigerate until cold. Then you’ll always have a healthy, refreshing drink on hand.
3. Chew your food well before swallowing
Your stomach doesn’t have teeth so chewing your food better will reduce the amount of air you swallow with the food (a cause of bloating).
It also makes you eat slower, which is helpful in reducing food intake – therefore helping you to eat smaller portion sizes.
4. Reduce gluten if needed
Many people have a gluten allergy or intolerance and are unaware. Bloating, constipation and gas are all possible side effects caused by gluten containing foods.
If you notice bloating or side effects after eating foods high in gluten then eliminating ingredients such as barley, rye, oats and wheat for a period of 4 weeks will help establish whether you have an intolerance or not. Speak to a medical practitioner or nutritionist to discuss the issue further.