Bloating is Aunty Flow’s sister, who is equally unwelcome but sticks around anyway and gives you nothing but grief. Everyone has experienced the ‘looking like you’re about to pop’, whether it be because you ate a whole pizza to yourself or because your hormones are having a hairy Mary. It’s uncomfortable, it’s inconvenient and quite frankly it’s a pain in the arse.
Many a time have I planned a super cute outfit for a night out, only to be faced with a bloated stomach and have had to change, we’ve all been there. So I’ve popped some of my top tips on beating the bloat below in the hope they can help you in your time of need!
1. Herbal Tea
A peppermint tea is my absolute go to when I’m bloated, I find it works every time and it works so quickly. However, a lot of people don’t like the taste of peppermint so I would also recommend ginger and lemon or green tea. A helpful tip of mine is if I’m eating before I go out, I always have a herbal tea with my meal and I feel it stops me from getting so bloated after!
2. Hot water bottle
If you don’t own one – get one! The heat helps relax the abdominal muscles and allows bloating to reduce significantly. I find it’s one of the only things that helps with period bloating!
3. Drink more water
It’s simple but effective. Don’t ask me about the science but I notice instantly that if I have a day where I don’t drink enough water I’m usually pretty bloated. So staying hydrated is important!
4. Eat slowly and chew your food
If you have a habit of wolfing down your dinner while you’re sitting in front of the tele or eating on the go, these can both make you bloat. If you can start savouring your food while you eat it, not only will you enjoy it more but it’s much better for your digestion.
5. Do some light exercise
I find that going for a walk after a meal definitely helps my body digest food better and reduces bloating. However, if you can’t go for a walk then doing some light stretching can also be effective, there are yoga routines especially for bloating that you could do.
6. Assess your stress levels
Stress can put a great deal of pressure on your body, but your stomach can be one of the most affected areas as it upsets your hormone balance which can disrupt your digestion, causing you to bloat. Which, if you are anything like me, leads to more stress… go figure! So have a look at why you are stressed and see what you can do to alleviate that.
So those are my top tips, but I took to Instagram to see what other people do to help with their bloating and there were some interesting answers. Someone said that ginger shots work, another mentioned having a pro-biotic drink, but the most interesting one is an old Indian tip where you soak cumin seeds in water, boil the water in a pan and leave overnight to drink in the morning. It’s not a quick fix but would be interesting to see if it works!
Everyone experiences bloating at some point, so I hope these tips can help when Aunty Bloat rears her head!