Only a few years ago I thought it was normal to feel bloated and gassy after having a meal. I got so used to feeling this pain in my stomach when sitting somewhere amongst others, with tummy cramps, because I obviously couldn‘t just let go of it, right? (I’m sure you know what I’m talking about…)
Since I have completely changed my lifestyle and my diet, bloating isn‘t usually a part of my life anymore. Unless I fall back into bad habits of course when eating foods that aren’t good for me, for example in restaurants or at a party. Once I changed my diet, at first I couldn‘t believe how much better I felt. I was amazed at the fact that bloating didn‘t have to be a part of my life and that the daily pain, which I had never really questioned before, was now a thing of the past.
We have all suffered from it at least once in our life – indigestion and poor digestion. It can be caused by low digestive enzymes, lack of intestinal flora, poor eating habits, poor-quality foods, and stress.
The following lifestyle and dietary changes can help ease indigestion and improve digestion:
- Take a few deep belly breaths before you start your meal and slow down while you eat.
- Chew slowly and thoroughly until your food becomes almost liquid – your stomach doesn‘t have teeth, so help it out where you can!
- Refrain from drinking immediately before or after a meal, and don’t drink during a meal – this can dilute stomach acid which you‘ll need for proper digestion.
- Be mindful about food combination – fruits and carbs (e.g. potatoes, grains, crackers, rice, beans) result in gas and putrefaction. Fruit ferments quickly and should be eaten on its own about 1-2 hours before or after a meal. For those of you who can‘t live without their cereal and fruit in the morning, try swapping it for some home made granola instead with only nuts and seeds, rather than oats or wheat. Or try to stick to porridge sweetened with cinnamon and a drop or two of dark liquid stevia, rather than fruit.
- Drink peppermint or chamomile tea 30 min before and after meals.
- Add ginger and cayenne to your food – use fresh-grated ginger and only a little bit of cayenne.
- Have a couple spoons full of raw fermented foods like sauerkraut everyday to build that healthy gut bacteria and to aid digestion.
I hope these tips will help you find relief from some of the symptoms just like they helped me. The biggest ones for me personally were #2 and #4.
How about you? Let me know what you‘re going to try today in the comment section below.