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Beat The Bloat!


Anyone have tips/tricks on beating the bloat? I've been told to take less-sodium foods and drinking lots of water but, its harder said than done. Especially, when my monthly friend decides to visit during or before an event!
Apr 15, 2010 @ 10:38 am

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Ali de Bold

Avoid certain foods

I'm still trying to figure out what triggers extra bloating for myself during that TOTM because sometimes I have nothing and other times I feel like there's a balloon in there. A friend of mine had some major problems with this and she discovered the bloating was related to certain foods, which she now avoids. Can you keep track of what you ate or drank prior to getting bloated and maybe avoid that in the future? That's all I can think of. Anyone else?
Apr 15, 2010 @ 01:27 pm

simple carbs....

watch your carb intake....too much of any simple carbs (rice, bread, pasta) is going to make you a tad puffy, and that includes whole grains! Especially around your period!

wondering if trainer George would like to comment on this-the nutrition part anyway?
Apr 18, 2010 @ 10:25 am


Bloating can have many many causes, from food allergies, to several intestinal or digestive issues or simply the most common cause I find are poor food combinations. For example, you are not supposed to have fruits for dessert (especially after a protein rich meal), or mix certain starches with certain proteins, as they all have different digestion times and places.Also, don`t drink water or drinks with your meals as that dilutes the gastric juices. The more you agress your digestive system with such combos, the more you become susceptible to further complications. Also certain people simply dont have the necessary digestive enzymes to "handle" certain food such as cabbage, broccoli, beans etc etc... You can aways get a good enzyme supplement to help retrainyour own enzyme production and aid with the digestion of the food giving you trouble. The best way to know what causes you discomfort is to keep a food journal, and take note when do you get the bloating? What did you eat? What are your emotions that dy? Did something happen? Are you upset, angry? Emotions can have a huge impact as well on our digestive system.
Quick remedies to soothe are fennel tea or fennel capsules, ginger...enzymes, liquid clorophyll also helps me. Go to a local helath store and see what supplements they have. Often you can find various mixes of all kinds of digestive plants and supplements that can help you overcome and soothe the symptoms, ( my fav is Natural Factors Smoothdigest) but if bloating is a reccuring problem you must start looking into it and see what is the cause.
Apr 18, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

Bloating due to what?

If it's from water retention, remedies for your stomach won't help. If it IS water retention, then you should try some natural diuretics. Get a juicer and juice together fresh parsley and apples. Parsley for bloat, apples to make it taste better. You can also add celery to that as a diuretic. Honestly, your best bet is to take care of it with juicing. I got a Hamilton Beach juicer for less than $100 and it has served me well through illnesses and even times when I'm just not feeling good generally like when I have my period. Dandelion root is also extreme;y effective and has the extra added bonus of detoxifying your liver. Meaning your skin will get very clear. Buy a good book on medicinal juicing. You'd be surpised how good it makes you feel. Your skin and hair improve, you have more energy, you sleep better, etc.

If it is due to your stomach, the best thing I have ever found that works every single time is boiling a mixture of coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, cloves and cardamom pods. These are some of the same spices used in chai, the spiced Indian tea mixture. Boil it in a stainless steel or glass pot, covered, on medium heat for about an hour. As the water level goes down, add more. After an hour, let it sit and cool with the lid ON. You MUST boil this gently with the lid ON, ALWAYS. This makes sure that everything in the steam drips back into the pot. Once it gets to room temperature, drink it. And NOT with sugar. Agave syrup or honey for sweetening. Although I drink it without that. It works very fast and you can keep a sealed bottle of this in your fridge and drink as needed. Don't use the spices in their powdered form as they have already lost a lot of their essential oils. And don't boil in an aluminum put because it damages the healing properties of the herbs/spices.

I have used the juicing and the spice mixture with absolutely phenomenal results. I at one time was so bloated, my stomach, that I couldn't move without yelping in pain. I was in agony. I had my mother boil this up for me and as soon as I drank it, my stomach immediately started almost reabsorbing the massive amount of air in my stomach. It didn't even come out. It just kind of went away like a ballon slowly deflating.

Most people think spices are only for cooking. But they have been used for many thousands of years for healing and were originally used as a type of medicine built right into foods.
Apr 21, 2010 @ 08:56 am

Regarding drinking water........

If you're bloated due to water retention, that would be a ridiculous thing to do. Who told you to do that?? Amazing the amount of misinformation out there. And too much salt in the diet isn't good for you at any time, so if you normally regulate your salt intake, that wouldn't make much of a difference.

Herbs and spices, hun. They always work.
Apr 21, 2010 @ 08:59 am


bloating and gas is not the same as water retention. Taking diuretics won't help with the bloat. When you have water retention you extremities usually swell up, legs feet arms hands neck... bloating is a digestive issue

Apr 26, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

Bloating queen.

A few months late, but here's my two cents. I have serious bloating issues. Not gas (burping or the other end), but bloating ... I've even been asked if I'm pregnant from time to time when it gets really bad. I balloon up, reeeally balloon up.

Here's some things that I have found definitely help me:

1. Do keep a food journal so you can clearly see what triggers the bloating. You don't have to keep this forever, two weeks to a month should do it. Also, cover your period in this time period. For example, for me, I cannot eat white flour, milk, apples. So, I eat whole grains, soy milk and pears instead.

2. Stay away from empty calories, as much as possible. Chips, sugar etc. do nothing to help in the movement of "matter" through your digestive system. You can still eat them, but really only as the fun part of a healthy diet. Of course, they are also packed full of salt. Try alternatives, I love Kashi products. But, also be aware of the salt/ sugar content of these as well. Very importantly, avoid eating late. Give your body enough time to digest the meal.

3. The other side of #2 is, fibre. A high fibre diet worked/works amazing for me. It really helps move the system along so that "stuff" cannot get built up and react badly within your system. Fibre is heavy and therefore gives your stools weight and cleans your system along the way.

4. Do drink lots of water. Water with lemon is a nice alternative, unless your bloating is accompanied with reflux/ indigestion etc., then skip the lemon. I find that cold water aggrevates it more, room temperature usually does the trick.

5. I grind up fennel seeds coursely and swallow a spoonful with water. It works amazingly to get rid of the bloating feeling. They kind of get stuck in your teeth, but just flush your mouth with the water before swallowing. Also, boil raw ginger root with fennel, strain and drink. Ginger is famous for stomach ailments.

6. The biggest one, for me, is stress. This one, no matter how much we try to control it, will creep up on you. I recently had a few weeks of a lot of stress. I ballooned up so much that the pain had me in tears almost every day. Try to eat your most healthiest when you're stressed out, the havoc the stress will cause on your body can be offset a bit by proper nutrition.

7. Excercise, even if just a little bit a day. Sit ups, very simple yoga positions will help in "pushing" the gas out of you. You don't need to go crazy for this, I find that if it's quite bad I will lay down on my yoga mat at home and stretch my body out paying close attention to my swollen belly.

8. Make sure you speak with your doctor. No matter how much you're convinced it's just a little bloating. I've been prescribed medication for mine and find that it does help when the pain is really bad. Also, bloating is also the sympton for a number of other health concerns. Not that it always is, but it is best to get cleared as bloating vs. something else.

9. When all else fails, I wimper and have my hubby gently rub my belly ... works everytime right before I fall asleep! You can do this for yourself as well.

Hope this helps. I'm a seasoned pro in bloating and have learned to control it as much as possible and constantly learning new things about it with regards to my body.

Jul 03, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

Bloating can change your life.

Ladies, it's been almost a year since I have posted. I have been wanting to post for so long, but could not bring myself to respond to a post in which I fluffed off bloating. That bloat ... well, it has completely destroyed my life.

I know it is not fair for me to not go into details, doing so is not the important part here because every-body is different. But I will tell you that if you have had bloating for a long time (for me it was about a year) please be persistant with your doctor to investigate. That bloating I had landed me in the hospital, in major surgery and infertile. Not to mention the effects on my relationships. I am not saying that this is what will happen to any of you who experience long term bloating, what I am suggesting is to be on top of it. Pay attention to other subtle changes in your body, including new pains or changes in your overall health.

Your bloating may really just be bloating, but be sure of this. Check with gastro doctors, and in my case with gynaecologists. Sometimes it really is just bloating. Sometimes, sometimes it is much, much more.

Forgive my not going into details, my story is alarming and therefore it is not what every bloating female will experience. I write this post soley for the reason of pushing you just a little bit to pay attention to your body and to stand up to your health care professionals when something does not feel right to you. Your body will always find a way to tell you it is not doing well, please listen.


May 26, 2011 @ 01:36 pm

correction to my last post

" I have been wanting to post for so long, but could not bring myself to respond to a post in which I fluffed off bloating " Bloating queen. on Jul 03, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

After reading my post from last year, I clearly did not fluff it off ... looks like I was on the path of finding a way to manage my bloating.
May 26, 2011 @ 01:42 pm

Good for you!

Thanks for sharing that bit of info with us. I'm sure it's not easy informing everyone of this, but I'm glad you did! This is going to make much more aware of my body. I am glad that you are able to better manage your body, and kudos to you for being able to share that with us! Thanks!
May 26, 2011 @ 01:58 pm

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