Bloating is a condition where your belly feels full and tight, often due to gas. Bloating can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include drinking carbonated beverages, eating a large meal, menstruation, constipation, or gas. Bloating can occur at varying degrees and can be quite uncomfortable but there are some ways to naturally improve bloating and digestion.
Clean up your nutrition
The foods you eat can directly impact gut health and digestion. If you’re eating a diet rich in over processed, packaged foods .. chances are your digestion and gut won’t function properly and can actually cause bloating along with other digestive issues. Instead, focus on minimizing processed foods and prioritize whole, nutrient dense foods that support your gut health and digestion.
Ensuring that you stay properly hydrated can help improve digestion and even stimulate bowel movement regularity. Drinking water during or after a meal may help how your body breaks down and processes food (digestion). Water is vital for good health and may help break down food so that your body can absorb beneficial nutrients. Water also can make stool softer, which may help prevent constipation. (1)
Walking within 60 to 90 minutes after eating may improve digestion and minimize bloating. Although light walking at any time is good for your health, a short walk within 60 to 90 minutes of eating a meal can be especially useful in minimizing blood sugar spikes, as that is when blood sugar levels tend to peak. (2,3)
Chewing food slowly
Chewing helps to signal the beginning of the digestive process. As your body releases saliva to help break down food, it also relaxes the stomach ahead of digestion to allow food and nutrients to pass through more easily. Chewing food slowly gives the stomach enough time to signal the brain for satiety. (4)
Supplement with a greens powder
We created our reds and greens powder, Vibrant+, with digestion and gut health in mind. Stress, age, and various health issues can inhibit your ability to produce and use digestive enzymes resulting in bloating and a sluggish digestive system.
Vibrant+ contains powerful digestive enzymes and probiotics to help aid the gut and digestive system in breaking down the food we eat and ensuring our body utilizes the nutrients properly. This may improve bloating and other digestive issues.
Staying hydrated, consuming a high quality greens powder, movement after meals and chewing your food slowly can all help improve the digestive process which may help reduce bloating. It’s important to remember that a greens powder shouldn’t be a replacement for whole foods. Consuming a variety of nutrient dense whole foods is key for optimal digestion, gut health and overall health on a cellular level.