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Do you feel bloated after almost every meal?

Do you feel bloated after almost every meal?

Article by Electra Tomasino

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Electra is a Performance Psychologist with a background in exercise science and founder of health cafes (Healthy Self Co & SOS Cafe).

She is also the founder of @wholesum_co Digestive Elixir and @thewellbeingpsychologist

She focuses on the intersection between the brain (the central nervous system), the gut (the enteric nervous system) and ultimately, how this impacts our performance and wellbeing day-to-day.

You’re not alone. If you aren’t eating the right foods for your microbiome (the bacteria in your gut), you may feel the consequences. The consequences aren't just physical symptoms like cramping and bloating, but also mental and emotional symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression.

There are a number of different causes of bloating including:

  • overeating
  • food sensitivities or allergies
  • swallowed air from eating too fast
  • acid reflux
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • celiac or crohn’s disease
  • menstruation
  • a high sodium diet
  • consuming certain foods and beverages. 

The frustrating part is trying to work out the cause of your bloating. And what is making your best mate bloated could be a completely different issue to what is making you bloated.

There are 40 trillion micro bacteria on and in your body, and each person has different types and ratios of these bacteria. While your DNA is very much the same as that of other humans, your microbiome (bacteria) is not. Any two humans share 99% the same DNA. In contrast, two humans share about 5% the same microbial DNA. What this means: each person’s microbiome is incredibly unique. 

Data indicate that the gut microbiome continues to shift throughout life, so the diet that worked for you 10 years ago might not be fueling you for optimal performance today.

Whilst our gut biome is extremely diverse, there are a few things you can do to help proactively manage your gut health and help it heal.

Step 1: Enlisting support.  When you're stressed during the workday, you try and take a moment to relax.  You need to treat your gut the same way.  If your gut is playing up, have a cup of Peppermint tea or Wholesum Elixir to help settle the tension and give your digestion a chance to sort itself out. 

Step 2: Work out the cause of your bloating. This may include working out what foods ‘set you off’ and consulting a healthcare practitioner to rule out any serious diseases or allergies. Keeping a diary or making a mental note is handy to help identify any patterns as food combining could be the issue (e.g. consuming watermelon after a cooked meal has been known to cause bloating).

Step 3: Simplify your diet.  You may want to start by removing all processed foods from your diet and focus on consuming fresh, whole foods in their natural state to increase your nutrient uptake. By simplifying your meals your body is able to simplify the digestive process.  Your body secretes certain enzymes to digest different types of food compounds.  The fewer types of food you consume in one sitting, the less confusing it is for your body to break down the food.

Step 4: Consider adding digestive enzymes, probiotics, fermented foods and nourishing bone broths to your diet to help restore and nurture your gut.
Our favourites are Kombucha, Sauerkraut, Coconut Yoghurt, Organic Beef Bone Broth and Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.

Step 5. Consider supplementing with magnesium. Magnesium helps relax muscles within the digestive tract, including the intestinal wall, as well as neutralizing stomach acid which controls your ability to go to the bathroom. Magnesium also activates enzymes that assist the body to absorb and use fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Activating enzymes let the body digest and break down food into smaller particles for energy. Try a few sprays of Salt Lab Magnesium oil over your stomach to optimize digestion and your overall magnesium level.

Electra is a Performance Psychologist with a background in exercise science and founder of health cafes (Healthy Self Co & SOS Cafe).

She is also the founder of @wholesum_co Digestive Elixir and @thewellbeingpsychologist

She focuses on the intersection between the brain (the central nervous system), the gut (the enteric nervous system) and ultimately, how this impacts our performance and wellbeing day-to-day.

 

 

The information on this website is not a substitute for medical advice and is for educational purposes only. Please consult your healthcare practitioner before undertaking any health changes. Before applying anything on your body, please do a patch test with it first

 

 

 

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