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How to get rid of parasites naturally

The problem with treating parasites

 

Parasites are very annoying. They’re defined as “an organism which lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense” and that’s exactly what they do. At your expense, they are living, thriving and replicating and you are paying the price! Well enough is enough. It’s time to kick those parasites out and reclaim your gut and your energy!

 

Your GP will recommend treating parasites with antibiotics and while that may work for a few people, it won’t work for most because the life cycle of parasites means you have to work very hard to killing them off at all stages of their life cycle. That just can’t be done by taking a couple of rounds of antibiotics. They are hardened creatures, used to surviving attacks from strong immune systems, antibiotics, antimicrobials, the good bacteria in your gut and dietary attacks when you go on the elimination diet for a a week or so to kill it off. It’s used to these attacks and what you need to give yourself the best chance of getting rid of them for good is to have a planned, sustained attack from three sides! That’s what this guide is for.

 

How do you know if you have parasites?

 

Many people start off with the sentence “I’ve never been well since…” and whenever I hear that, it’s an automatic red flag that this is more than likely a parasite situation. I don’t like to judge a book by it’s cover but soooo many times this sentence ends with “… this great trip I went on to {enter exotic location} and I got traveller’s diarrhoea but I went to hospital/GP/got over it and thought I was fine, but it feels like it just keeps coming back. And I say to the patient “Hmm… yep I know exactly what’s happening here!”

 

If you’ve found yourself with a gut infection it’s probably worms or protozoa like Giardia. You might have got it overseas or after eating contaminated food. Some common sources of contamination and possible infection are:

  • Rice is a major problem as it cools from the outside in, leaving the perfect environment for bugs to multiple
  • Food left out of temperature controlled environments
  • Unhygienic food handling practices
  • Unclean water – use bottled water where necessary (even for teeth brushing)
  • Ice in drinks

 

There are some signs and symptoms of parasitic infection that you might be noticing:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Bloating, particularly after eating
  • Fatigue
  • Foul smelling stools
  • Diarrhoea/loose bowel motions
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Reduction in appetite
  • Itching around anus
  • Low grade fever

If you’ve still got these symptoms and thought your parasite was gone then think again my friend. It could very well be there, lurking around in the deepest parts of your gut waiting for you to get run down, a bit (or a lot) stressed and ready to rear its ugly head and start causing you problems all over again.

 

What you need is a planned attack on them. Firstly, starve them! Make them weak by cutting off their energy supply: sugar. Then, when they’re weak and hungry, you hit them hard with some strong anti-microbial supplements and then probiotics to really drive them out of your gut. Buy my guide: Get rid of parasites now! here and get all the information you need to plan and execute your own DIY parasite attack!

 

Getting rid of parasites naturally

Below, I’ve outlined the steps I use with patients to help them get rid of parasites for good. It involves a three phase attack. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard, there’ll be cravings, poor sleep, fatigue and changes in bowel movement but let’s face it, you’ve been going through that already anyway! What’s a bit more if it leads you towards the light at the end of the tunnel right?

(For a more detailed version of these steps, see my Get rid of parasites now! guide)

 

PART ONE – DIET CHANGES TO MAKE THE PARASITES WEAK AND HUNGRY

  • An elimination diet that’s low on sugar is the way to go. It starves parasites of the nutrients they need to survive and thrive.
  • Garlic is a potent antimicrobial and can be used in the diet regularly – if you’re not following the low FODMAP diet.
  • Black tea and ginger tea can be helpful in settling nausea caused by parasites.
  • Coconut oil is antimicrobial and

 

PART TWO – SUPPLEMENTS AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO MAKE IT MORE UNCOMFORTABLE FOR THE PARASITES

  • Rest is vital whilst using a low sugar elimination diet as it limits many of the usual carbohydrates in your diet.
  • Drink plenty of fresh, filtered water and herbal teas can be useful and cleansing. Try chamomile, peppermint, nettle, dandelion leaf or root, ginger and lemongrass.
  • If worms are present, wash all clothes, bed coverings and all other soft furnishing thoroughly with hot water and add a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil.
  • Supplements: use Herbs of Gold ParaStrike as a strong antimicrobial parasite killing machine to deliver the knock out blows when the parasites are weak and hungry. This needs to be repeated three times to make sure you get the entire life cycle of the suckers covered. Directions are on the label but also come with guide as well.

 

PART THREE – Rebalance and replenish the good bacteria (probiotics)

  • Rebalance your good bacteria in your gut. Replenishing the good bugs after annihilating the parasites helps to take up space in your intestines so there’s nowhere for them to attach on and live.
  • Probiotics are also helpful in actually killing off some parasites and gut infections as well!
  • Eat probiotic and prebiotic foods that help with gut flora balance including – yoghurt (Jalna and Vaalia are good brands for probiotic yoghurt), bananas, chicory and asparagus. Learn more about probiotics and prebiotics for gut health here.

 

 

It can seem a bit daunting at first when you find out you have parasites and need to do all this weird stuff to get rid of them. But really, all you’re doing is killing them actively with targeted antimicrobials and then cutting off their food supply and then finally making sure your gut is strong and full of good bacteria to avoid the problem happening again.

 

Remember, you deserve a healthy gut! I’m here to help with my Get rid of parasites now! guide.

Kate x

Is your gut causing your headaches?

Headaches and IBS – the connection is real

 

I’ve often wondered what exactly the connection is between headaches/migraines and IBS symptoms. I know there is one because medicine teaches us that everything is connected and although in modern medicine we tend to reduce everything down to it’s individual pieces, sometimes (especially with functional and multi-faceted conditions like IBS and headaches) it’s more useful to look holistically.

 

Looking holistically means you take a big step back and look at how your body is working as a whole entity. Everything from bowel motions, mood, cravings, energy, sleep, sex drive, skin condition, lifestyle choices and diet can play a role in shaping how healthfully your body – and mind – are working.

 

If you’re reading this because you’re hoping there’s a connection so you can find a solution I’ve got some good news for you!l I’ve looked at the current research and combined it with my experience in dealing with these two issues over the last ten years and come up with some suggestions on how you can start to resolve your migraine/headaches and IBS problem.

 

Many of my patients seem to have both and it’s often a question people email me about in search of natural solutions.

 

I don’t believe in coincidences. So I’ve been searching to find the connection between these symptoms and there are two scientific connections that seems to have momentum at the moment. These theories are:

 

  1. The serotonin connection

There’s some studies that suggest in those who are prone to IBS and migraine headaches, there’s a problem with the way serotonin is produced in the gut and used in the brain. They’ve even identified the gene that may be responsible for this problem.

 

  1.  The nervous system increased sensitivity theory

There’s some evidence that suggests in some people, their nervous system is hyper-sensitive, leading to what’s called “over-vigilance” – basically if you’re one of these people, your nervous system over-reacts to pain, inflammation and other stimuli leaving you with more headaches, migraines and digestive symptoms than other people.

 

Can you turn off this hyper-vigilance? How or why did it get like that? Is it genetic or is it just a genetic trait that can be switched on and off depending on what you do/eat/lifestyle choices you make? These are just some of the many questions I have with this theory. Sure, I understand that some people have a sensitive gut and/or nervous system but what actually tips you over into the headache and migraine group?

 

While I am not have these answers yet, I do know that both these theories are valid and have a role to play in the connection between headaches and IBS. The real question I want to answer for you today is what can you do – at home – to help prevent headaches and IBS flare ups that are caused by headaches and migraines?

Use these natural remedies for relieving headaches and IBS

 

Everyone gets a headache every now and again. Some of us get them regularly and some of us really suffer with migraines. Whether you get the odd headache, regular cluster headaches, tension headaches or head exploding migraines you can use natural remedies to reduce the severity and frequency of your headaches.

 

Hydration

An oldie but a goodie. Dehydration is a frequent cause of headaches and constipation but it’s so simple to avoid! Have a glass of water by your bed in the morning and continuing drinking fluids, particularly water, during the day. This can be especially important if you have a desk job and get regular tension headaches.

Hot tip: have a glass of water every hour, on the hour.

Aromatherapy

Placing a few drops of chamomile, peppermint or lavender essential oils in a cream or base oil to rub on your neck, shoulders and temples does wonders for relieving headaches and soothing neck and shoulder pains. The essential oils have soothing anti-inflammatory and relaxation properties which make them perfect for eases sore, achy heads.

These same essential oils can be used as herbal teas for relieving digestive complaints like constipation, wind pain, cramping, bloating and diarrhoea.

Herbal Teas

Did you know many herbal teas have a secret agenda? They may be popular for digestion like peppermint, chamomile, fenugreek, dandelion and chai but they’re leading a secret double life because of them are also ‘nervines’. Herbalists use this term to describe a herb that calms the nervous system and spirit, promoting rest and relaxation.

Adding some chamomile tea to your after meal routine has never sounded so good! Not only does it help warm your stomach and improve digestion, it helps to calm your nervous system and relax you… reducing your risk of developing headaches!

Massage Therapy

Having a professional remedial massage treatment will relieve a headache or migraine effectively and quickly. You can find qualified practitioners in your local area by searching the AAMT or ANTA websites. Some remedial massage therapists use techniques to release and relax neck and shoulder muscles like trigger point therapy, pressure points and cranial release techniques. Having regular treatments can reduce the severity and frequency of headaches and migraines.

Stretching

The healing effects of a good stretch should not be underestimated. It is a powerful tool in your fight against headaches and migraines. At your workplace, at home, before and after exercise, when you get up and before you go to bed, stretching out your muscles alleviates tension, improves circulation, relaxes you and relieves headaches. Regular stretching of the shoulder, neck and upper back muscles can help to prevent tension and cluster headaches.

Hot tip: google “yoga for IBS” or “yoga for headaches” and find short youtube videos of stretches and yoga poses to relieve tension and IBS symptoms.

Magnesium

Magnesium supplements are essential for releasing built up tension and relaxing tight muscles where headaches are recurring and debilitating. They are highly effective for relieving the severity and frequency of headaches when taken on a regular basis. Magnesium is also helpful for relieving symptoms of stress and constipation. Food sources of magnesium include almonds, avocado, dark chocolate, cacao, cashews, green leafy vegetables – spinach, rocket, endive and lettuce.

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

An amazing herbal remedy that has been used for centuries to relieve headaches, arthritis and fevers. It has been used since the 1970s in preventing migraines. Feverfew’s main actions are anti-inflammatory and analgesic – a potent combination for fighting headaches and migraines.

Simple natural home remedies to relieve your headaches and IBS symptoms are available for you to try right now! You’ve got nothing to lose by adjusting your routine a little and seeing what results you get.

I’m a big believer in making a few small changes and getting long term results. There’s no use making big changes that you can’t stick to. Pick one or two of these and incorporate them into your routine and let me know how you go in the Facebook group.

Remember, you deserve a healthy gut.

Kate x

 

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20 of the best Low FODMAP salad recipes ever created

20 of the best low FODMAP salad recipes ever!

 

So I had a really good question the other day from a customer, Jenny, who’s been getting some great results with my 7 day Leaky Gut Challenge by the way, but she wanted a few good low FODMAP salad recipes. Fair enough! I’ve just started getting back in to salads and I have to say I’m starting to enjoy them.

 

So I started searching around for what the internet recipe world had to offer and I have to say I was pretty happy! Here’s just a sample of what’s on offer around the web:

 

(Word to the wise: please remember that there’s always more research on low FODMAP foods and sometimes the recommendations change. So check with the latest updated version of the Monash Uni Low FODMAP Diet App before making these recipes!)

 

5 Chicken Salads

Chicken Pesto Salad – from IBS Sano this is a great little low FODMAP pesto recipe when you’re after something a bit green! You can adapt for work lunches or easy-peasy mid week dinners.

 

Baked Chilli Chicken Salad – another from IBS Sano is this baked chilli chicken and green salad. Already included are all the Mediterranean ingredients you need for a delicious and filling salad, just add some leaves.

 

Moroccan Chicken salad – Alana Scott from A Little Bit Yummy is an inspiration when it comes to making delicious low FODMAP food. This is one of my favourite recipes

 

Mustard Mayo Chicken salad – one of the reasons I love this salad is because of the dressing. Sometimes with low FODMAP foods, you can get stuck in a rut of things you know are low FODMAP and safe for you and that gets boring. This dressing packs a punch and you can easily change up the salad ingredients to keep you looking forward to lunch!

 

Chicken salad – Fun Without FODMAPs has the right idea with this salad. Creamy chicken and red grapes are a delicious (and surprising) combination and the apple cider vinegar in the dressing helps improve digestion for a flat belly afternoon!

 

Vegetarian Salads

Cobb Salad – Emily from Fun Without FODMAPs has a great Cobb salad recipe. I love that she hates wimpy salads too so this one is jam packed to fill you up.

 

Zucchini pasta with cabbage and parmesan salad – Monash Uni just keep coming up with amazing salads to keep you interested and happy on the low FODMAP diet. This pasta is filling, easy to make and tastes great.

 

Summer Millet salad – I found this one on the Monash Uni FODMAP website guest posted by Alana Scott from A Little Bit Yummy. I haven’t made it yet but it looks good!

 

Spiced roast carrot and feta salad – If you have a small obsession with feta like me, you’ll LOVE this salad. You can have the roasted carrots warm or cold and it’s amazing either way! I love pairing this low FODMAP salad recipe with roast lamb or pork.

 

Pumpkin and Quinoa salad – I’m a bit of a sucker for pumpkin in salads, it’s sweetness particularly when roasted gives a lovely boost to any dish and this one is no exception. The quinoa will keep you full over the afternoon and it makes a lovely, colourful side dish for dinner.

5 Asian Inspired Salads (cos sometimes you need a bit of crunch!)

Asian zoodle salad – Emily from Fun without FODMAPs has done it again with this beauty. Fast, fresh and bursting with colour the perfect addition to mid week dinners – just make enough to take to work the next day. 😉

 

Cucumber Sesame salad – Sarah from A Saucy Kitchen has taken the zoodle craze to new highs with this creation. I’m not a fan of cucumber but it looks amazingly fresh and tasty, perfect for a side dish or a meal of its own.

 

Vietnamese Chicken salad – if there’s one thing I love, it’s coriander. I can’t get enough so any recipe that has it is a winner with me. This recipe is fresh, crunchy and quick to whip up when you’re hungry.

 

Japanese inspired salmon salad with miso dressing – what I like about this salad is the miso is probiotic and the salmon is loaded with omega 3s to reduce inflammation and improve gut healing. This recipe has a few ingredients (I try to opt for recipes with not so many ingredients for convenience) but it’s well worth going the extra mile for this Japanese inspired dish.

 

Asian Chicken noodle salad – this recipe is quick, simple and really yum. You can eat it both cold or hot and it’s easy to make extra to save for lunch or dinner the following day! Change the chicken for pork or beef or deep sea fish of choice.

 

5 Classics with a low FODMAP twist

Nicoise salad – The Monash Uni App has heaps of recipes and this one I love because eggs are soooo healthy and good for you and your gut that this salad should be in everyone’s rotation.

 

Caprese salad – this is a fresh and light salad that’s goes well with cold meats and other cheeses.

 

Potato salad – this low FODMAP version has green beans and a vinaigrette. It works well as an accompaniment to grilled meat and adds a boost to your prebiotic fibre without FODMAPs through the beans and the making the potatoes the night before increases their resistent starch. High fives all round!

 

Caesar salad – Thanks to Lauren Renlund the Tummy Troubles Dietitian for this amazing Caesar salad dressing recipe. You can drizzle it over a low FODMAP Caesar salad like this one from IBS-Health.com because there’s nothing better than a good Caesar salad sometimes.

 

Fruit salad – probably the most classic salad of them all! The low FODMAP salad recipe is simple: blueberries, cantaloupe, red grapes, kiwi fruit, imperial mandarins, honeydew, paw paw, passionfruit, oranges, pineapple, raspberries and strawberries are all low FODMAP and any combination of these with some lemon or lime juice will be a treat to enjoy. Just remember not to have too much fruit in one sitting!

I hope you enjoy these 20 delicious low FODMAP salad recipes!

 

Remember, you deserve a healthy gut and I bet you’re ready to get one!

Kate x

 

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Childhood constipation, allergies and tummy pain: A Case Study

I’d like to tell you a story about a friend of mine. She’s a lovely woman, around 38 years old with two absolutely gorgeous children – Jennah, 2yo and Adam, 11 months. She fell pregnancy easily with both children, had smooth uneventful pregnancies and births and both children had trouble with milk which was allergy tested and linked to milk protein. This was easily resolved by using alternative milks and reducing her lactose intake while she breastfed or mixed fed.

 

We hadn’t spoken in awhile (we’d had a huge year with selling our house, falling pregnant and shifting my clinic plus my husband moved jobs twice!) and she had also moved house and was settling into her new place and life with two children. She emailed me in great distress about her son’s health. Here’s a little of what she said:

“He is extremely under weight, he is 10mths old and only 6kg. Adam does not BF for long, he has been having a lot of difficulty with the formula causing extreme constipation. He does not sleep at night, waking up 4-6 times. He has a confirmed milk protein allergy however I am almost certain there is other things bothering him b/c he breaks out in rashes, he becomes quite red, and his eczema flares up.

 

I am very careful with my diet, I eat bland food, eliminate all dairy and hope for the best. I have an appointment in April to see an allergist. We are seeing a paediatrician as well and she has referred me to see a dietician. I am back and forth with the GP and paediatrician asking for advice and if there is anything I can do to help Adam. I am asking for any help Kate.”

It was upsetting for me too, I hate to see mums distressed and concerned about their children’s health. I replied straight away and said:

1.The number one thing to know is that your little one’s gut (his stomach and intestines) is inflamed and irritated by the milk protein allergy. This irritation and inflammation, from a Naturopathic perspective, needs to be relieved before healing of the gut lining can begin. We need to heal our gut lining when it gets inflamed because that is where we absorb our nutrition from and when its inflamed and irritated, digestion and absorption of food and nutrition does not occur properly – hence, poor weight gain. People will often experience diarrhoea, bloating, pain and cramping and fatigue as well. This is also the main reason:

  • much of his food constipates him
  • he has eczema
  • breaks out in rashes sometimes (the gut can’t process the foods and the liver becomes overloaded and the skin is our largest organ of elimination so it takes on some of the job of removing the normal waste products we make… this results in rashes, pimples and eczema)

 

2. Be careful with weetbix. Sometimes the wheat and the bran can be irritating to the gut lining as it contains insoluble fibre as well as soluble, perhaps alternate with oats – which are full of soluble fibre and will help to bulk his stool and not irritate his gut.

 

3. All the vegetables you mentioned, protein and avocado are wonderful sources of his essential building blocks for growth – well done! Vegetables are an excellent source of soluble fibre and nutrition. Make sure they are cooked well as this will help him digest them more easily. I used soups, casseroles and slow cooked meals for Charlie.

 

4. Apples and pears are fantastic for constipation in adults and children, stew them for best results and give them to him warm as it helps digestion. To stew them, I just add a tablespoon of water and a tablespoon of brown sugar to a saucepan and stir them until they’re nice and soft.

 

5. It is such a shame he can’t tolerate yoghurt! It would be a great food for him. I’m not keen on soy yoghurts – have you tried coconut yoghurt? When you say milk protein allergy that usually refers to casein so give the coconut yoghurt a try. Add the stewed fruit, soft berries or banana for him.

 

6. I think you should book in a consult. I can help relieve his symptoms by repairing his gut. There are safe supplements for little ones that work brilliantly to relieve irritated tummies and repair the gut lining so it can do its job properly. This in turn, relieves the pressure on the liver, bowels and skin which means no more eczema, constipation and sore tummy!

 

7. Probiotics are essential for rebuilding the community of gut bacteria in his system as these are the powerhouse of our digestion and responsible for breaking down our food, making vitamins and hormones and supporting our immune system. However, using probiotics without healing firstly the gut lining and reducing that inflammation will not really help.

 

8. From a Naturopathic perspective, once you remove the allergen, it’s just the beginning. From the western medical perspective once you remove the allergen everything’s fine… that sounds a little cynical but probably explains why you haven’t found them super helpful with giving advice to help put weight on him and get him back on track! I hope the dietitian helps but I’ve found their focus is too narrow. I hope your experience is different.

 

Shortly after, my friend booked an appointment and I gave her some infant friendly gut healing supplements along with the dietary advice. She noticed a difference within a week!

If you are interested in learning more about how to relieve constipation, eczema and tummy pain in babies, children (or yourself!) have a look at my 7 day gut healing challenge. I teach you how to improve your digestion and relieve common symptoms like bloating, constipation and wind. It’s tailored for busy women and comes with a 7 day meal plan and convenient shopping list. Learn more here.

 

Remember, you and your children deserve a healthy gut.
Kate x

 

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How to end bloating once and for all

What causes bloating?

Are your clothes feeling tight and uncomfortable? Are you bloated after meals or have embarrassing wind? Today we’re discussing what causes bloating AND how to fix it without sacrificing the food you love!

Why do I have a bloated stomach is a common question I get asked when people find out I’m a Naturopath. Apparently, I’m supposed to have a crystal ball (or similar witch doctor pharanaellia) that I can use to tell what causes bloating and how to get rid of it instantly.

Sadly, I’m not a witch doctor (a cauldron would be so much fun!), but I do have a thorough understanding of how the body works and with a few simple questions I can usually work out what causes bloating and I can tell you how to get rid of it.

Why do I have a bloated stomach?

You probably experience stomach bloating or water retention in one or more of the situations listed below. Luckily, these are predictable situations and there are practical steps you can take today to reduce what causes your bloating.

Let’s go through a few common scenarios and look at why you might be experiencing bloating:

 

 

Bloating after eating.

Having a bloated stomach after eating is relatively common but the reasons vary…

  1. Food sensitivities – fructose, lactose etc
  2. Sorbitol intolerance
  3. Over eating
  4. Too much fatty or rich food
  5. Dehydration

Naturopathic medicine teaches us that all symptoms are connected – part of the whole picture of a person’s health. I have found this particularly relevant when treating digestive complaints.

Sometimes stomach bloating is accompanied by other digestive symptoms like constipation, diarrhoea, burping, wind or nausea. The usual diagnosis for this is IBS or leaky gut syndrome. If you have been diagnosed with IBS or think you might have it, follow the dietary guidelines below to relieve and reduce your bloating. If you’re ready to take it a step further, you can join my Leaky Gut Boot camp: 28 days to transform your gut health and find out what’s causing your bloating and sort it out properly.

 

Bloating with your period.

Premenstrual fluid retention is quite common and caused by increasing levels of progesterone that encourage your body to store water. To combat this, you can drink gentle diuretic herbal teas like dandelion leaf, green tea and nettle. Be careful not to overdo them as they can cause serious side effects like electrolyte imbalance and put extra pressure on kidney and liver function.

 

Bloating with flatulence.

If you find your bloating is more air-based and is relieved by flatulence (the nice word for farting) then the probable cause is carbohydrate maldigestion. Put simply, this means the food you’re eating is taking way too long to be broken down and digested in your stomach and intestines. Instead, it’s sitting there fermenting and fermentation produces gas… you know what happens from there.

The best way to resolve this type of bloating is three fold. Firstly, you can reduce the carbohydrates you’re consuming. Secondly, you can take digestive enzymes or apple cider vinegar to improve digestion and speed up your carbohydrate metabolism so it ferments less.

Thirdly, you can test the carbohydrates you’re eating to see if there’s one type in particular that you don’t process well. To do this you can use the low FODMAP diet. My Leaky Gut Boot campers go through this process and are always surprised at how they react to foods they never realised before! It’s an eye opener and once you know what your triggers are you can eliminate them from your diet and reduce your bloating and embarrassing flatulence.

 

Bloating during Pregnancy.

Bloating during pregnancy is also mostly caused by hormones – progesterone again and not a great deal can be done about this. Fluid retention during pregnancy is sometimes mistaken for bloating and often aggravated by heat or too much activity. If you are pregnant, please do not use diuretics unless instructed by your healthcare professional.

 

Bloating and stomach pain.

If you have bloating that’s accompanied by stomach cramping, dull or sharp pains or pain when you have a bowel motion, you should go to your GP and get checked out. It could be a range of digestive conditions that can be treated both medically and with natural medicine but you need to know exactly what you’re dealing with before you can resolve it.

How to get rid of bloating

Eat fruit separately

This might sound strange, but fruit is really supposed to be eaten on its own. It is a little known principle of food combining but one that should get some more air time, especially when it comes to relieving bloating. Principles of food combining are based on how long it takes to digest certain types of food and how much acid is required to break those foods down. You should try to keep fruit separated from other food groups as its a quick energy boost type of meal, with easily digestible carbohydrates that don’t require much stomach acid or time. Give it a try and you’ll notice you feel less bloated.

 

Chew your food properly

I know it’s not a food remedy but this is simply common sense. Chewing thoroughly and consciously is something not many of us do. However, it is a highly effective and very simple way of making sure we are only allowing small chunks of food into the stomach, where it is broken down further by our gastric juices (now there’s a yummy thought!). Bloating is more likely if we have rushed a meal and taken huge bites, not chewing properly and then expect our stomach to make all the effort. Put your tongue and teeth to work and get chewing!

 

Include herbs and spices when you cook

Fennel is a great natural remedy for wind and bloating. It stimulates digestion and promotes stomach acid which reduces bloating. You can chew on fennel seeds as some cultures do, use fennel tea or use fennel in cooking and salads. Almost every other herb and spice helps promote healthy digestion and relieve bloating, nausea and flatulence. Use them as much as you can!

 

Boost your metabolism

This remedy will take some time to see results but is well worth it. Bloating often occurs more frequently with carbohydrates so lowering your intake of these and replacing them with protein will provide many health benefits. Supporting our metabolism is like taking care of a fire. You want to stoke it with foods it likes and grow it into a big bonfire. As a bonfire, your metabolism can burn through food quickly and efficiently turn it into energy and in this process it will burn more calories and fat! When you’re better able to digest food with your bonfire metabolism rather than your tiny camp fire metabolism you experience very little bloating… unless you really overdo it!

 

Include probiotics and probiotic foods

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that assist with digestion and promote healthy immune function and metabolism. If your bloating is caused by poor digestion then these little guys can be super helpful. Increasing your intake of foods that naturally contain probiotics is also a highly effective and simple way of improving your gut flora to relieve bloating naturally.

 

Enjoy a cup of herbal tea

Herbal teas like Chamomile, Dandelion or Chai are just perfect for stimulating digestion and naturally relieving bloating. An added health benefit of these teas is that not only do they work on digestion, but they relax us and leave us feeling revitalised and refreshed. No, I’m not exaggerating, Naturopaths and many Eastern philosophies make a connection between the nervous system (our brain) and our digestive system. When one is “out of whack” often the other is as well. A simple, practical and effective way to treat this is through the digestive system and teas are an easy way to start getting some relief and some healthy results!

 

When stomach bloating is a warning sign

According to everydayhealth.com, you shouldn’t ignore stomach bloating that is accompanied by –

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Blood in your stool
  • Bleeding from your vagina (not related to menstruation)
  • Fever
  • Changes in weight (more than 10% of your body weight)
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin, associated with liver dysfunction)

Because the bloating could just be a symptom of a more serious health problem it’s vital that if you are experiencing any of these additional symptoms that you go to your GP and get checked out.

 

Get rid of stomach bloating for good

By following these simple dietary strategies, you can relieve your bloating and you can even stop it from happening altogether if you can find your triggers and eliminate those from your diet.

Remember, you deserve a healthy gut.

Kate x

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