While bloating happens to all of us and can be completely normal, it’s also super annoying. You eat your favorite meal and the next few hours – your stomach starts to balloon.
It can be a little uncomfortable and might even have you ditching jeans for an elastic waistband (it’s call bloating chic). There’s a myriad of factors that cause bloating and gassiness, but there’s also some shifts to your diet and lifestyle that can help tame your gas and belly bloat.
Here’s 8 we recommend trying:
1. Chew your food
It may sound silly, but a common reason for belly bloat is that most people don’t chew their food well enough.
Your mouth is the first step in your digestive system and if you’re not chewing all your food, you’re skipping out on important enzymes in your saliva that help break down your food. Plus, if your food isn’t chewed thoroughly, your stomach and intestines need to work overtime to break that food down.
Pro tip: to keep yourself from putting in more food before the last bite is fully chewed, try setting your fork down on the table between bites.
2. Try smaller portions
Ever notice you’re extra gassy or bloated after a big meal? Too much food in one sitting can be hard for your digestive tract to handle at once. And it’s possible your stomach is being stretched, causing a pool of gases and solids in your gut.
To help prevent bloat, try eating smaller portions more frequently throughout the day.
3. Limit distractions
Nowadays, people are often never just eating a meal. You’re also scrolling through TikTok, checking emails or watching your favorite Netflix show. While multitasking might seem like a good thing – being distracted while eating can also be part of the problem to your belly bloat.
You might be scarfing your food down too fast or eating too much, which can cause poor digestion.
What’s more, eating too fast can cause you to swallow air along with your food, contributing to discomfort after eating.
4. Avoid swallowing too much air
It may seem odd, but it’s possible to swallow too much air, and when you do, it can lead to gassiness and bloat.
To avoid taking in too much air, try cutting back on drinking too many carbonated beverages, such as sparkling water and soda. Chewing gum is another sneaky cause of excess gas and bloating, as you’re swallowing air as you chew.
5. Think about what you eat
This probably isn’t a surprise, but what you eat plays a major role in developing gas and bloating.
If you’re struggling with persistent gas, pay attention to what you’re eating. Foods that typically lead to gas vary between each person, but it often includes foods high in fat, salt, sugar or fried foods.
These can promote the production and retention of gas and water in your bowels making you feel gassier and more bloated.
6. Check your fiber intake
There’s no denying that fiber is essential to health. Fiber helps you stay regular, supports a healthy weight and even heart health.
But a common mistake is trying to increase fiber too quickly, which leads to gas and digestive symptoms. If you haven’t been reaching your fiber goals, and you’re just starting to add fiber-rich foods to your meals, try shifting your diet slowly.
Foods like beans, broccoli, cabbage, or brussels sprouts are common culprits here, and while they offer many nutritional benefits, try eating them in smaller portions. Your body may be able to handle smaller amounts.
7. Break a sweat
It’s no surprise regular exercise benefits your health, but what’s interesting is that it can also help lessen bloating by helping to get rid of gas from your bowels. Moving your body can help stretch your abdominal muscles and improve movement throughout your intestines.
And it doesn’t matter what type of movement you do – walking, yoga or even a dance class can help.
8. Add a probiotic
Probiotics are live microorganisms that provide benefits to your health. They’re naturally found in some fermented foods, like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, tempeh and sauerkraut or can be taken as a supplement.
Probiotics help promote a healthy microbiome with good bacteria and may aid digestive symptoms like bloating.
What other supplements support a healthy gut? Read 7 supplements for gut health.
Gabby is a nutritionist with a master’s degree in strategic communications. She loves using her nutrition-fluency with storytelling to encourage positive change. Before Persona, she worked at a mental health clinic helping clients manage stress, anxiety and other mental health issues through diet.
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