Here it goes…maybe you won’t have to wear stretch waiste band pants like I me! LOL

What are some common causes of bloating?

Bloating, yes, can make you feel like the most unattractive person. Your stomach is full of gas, and frankly, you find it really hard to have a peaceful bathroom break. Not to mention you want to avoid any potential awkward social scenes of having to run to the bathroom so you become anti social, not wanting to leave your house!

Bloating is caused from many sources,  even those minor things we often overlook these include :

  • Overeating- eating too much in one sitting
  • Not chewing your food properly or eating to fast that your body does not properly digest and   breakdown he food
  • Food allegories and sensitivities  (wheat, dairy, gluten, nuts)
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Constipation or uncontrollable bowl  movements
  • Stress and anxiety

 Foods that cause bloating:

Extra cold ice water

Ice water is often harsh on your digestive system especially if consumed all at one time with large gulps. It is hard on your intestinal track. Try to drink water at room temperature or slightly chilled.

Dairy Products

You may be lactose intolerant and may not even know it. Remember just because it tastes good it doesn’t mean it does the body good. If you find this is a frequent occurrence after consuming dairy or cheese products you need to consult with your doctor or dietitian. Try experimenting over a period of a few days to see how you feel once consuming milk and when you don’t.

Cruciferous Vegetables and High Sugar Fruits

Everyone’s bodies and digestive systems are different. Some are more tolerable then others. “Cruciferous Vegetables” , that is vegetables that come from the plant of the cabbage family as well as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and collard greens have been found to make people susceptible to the belly bloat.

Sensitive to certain vegetables, you may try to eliminate some of the high gassy vegetables.   As well, choose fruits that are low fructose such as from the “berry family” such as strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.

Excessive Carbohydrates

Stay away from food made of white flour products such as pasta, bagels, cereal. They are hard to digest and have a tendency to store excessive water in your stomach. Stick to whole grain products of those that are wheat or gluten free.

Salty and Spicy Foods

Muy Caliente! You may have to ease up on those hot sauces or spices that make your food hot and flavourful. Foods that are high in sodium can cause your body to retain water and bloat. Try to limit processed food and be mindful of your salad dressing choices. Instead  substitute with fresh herbs and spices. Ms. Dash products can be your best friend.

Artificial Sweeteners for Sugar Substitutes
Artificial sweeteners are predominately found in diet drinks, dressings, sweets, baked goods, energy protein bars, candies and chewing gum. Artificial sweeteners linger in the stomach because your body cannot recognize them as food to be properly digested not to mention some are chemical based. Use natural sweeteners such as Stevia, Agave, honey, applesauce, cocoa and cinnamon. They can really make a different in making food taste great and you only need a small quantity.

Carbonated  Beverages

If you see the bubbles and fizzy in your drink, chances are they will end up like that in your stomach causing your intestinal track to be irritated. Consume coffee, tea, and soda products in moderation. The next time you reach for a soda product stir it first to de-fizz it . It  will be easier to digest. Many beverages that are high in acid can also irritate your gastrointestinal track (GI track).


So what can you do to get rid of that belly bloat?

  • Consume well cooked Vegetables ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​            The  process of cooking breaks down some of the tough fibres so your body doesn’t  have to.” And remember, aim to eat vegetables that are non-cruciferous to reduce gas.

  • Garlic

​​​​​​​        ​​​​​​​    Studies have shown garlic actually aids in digestion.  It is also considered an antifungal,               antiviral and antibacterial food that can help our bodies break down foods that lead to  gas.

  • Yogurt /Greek Yogurt
            The healthy or “good” bacteria found in yogurt can promote gut bacteria balance and                reduce excess gas that may build up in your digestive system over time.
  • Probiotics
  • Herbal Teas
            Teas such as chamomile, peppermint and Peau D”Arco assist in proper digestion and                eliminate bloating
  • Low Sodium Foods
            Foods that contain between 5 to 14 per cent sodium and have the average daily intake amount for your age, are also good choices. “Less sodium in your diet not only helps  control your blood pressure, but it also helps stave off bloating.”
  • Drink lots of water- in small mouth fulls

Drinking water will help you flush excess salt in your body and also promote regularity.

Do this and tel me how you feel. Bye Bye stretchies!