Beat the Bloat
Dec 20, 2016
Sluggish? Bloated, not-so-great feeling? The good news? It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are our five top Bloat Busters that will help you look and feel great…
>> Watch Your Diet
From ruling out food intolerances to being frugal with fizzy drinks, there are lots of ways you can get a flatter tummy and improve your overall wellbeing. Wheat and dairy products are the two main culprits of bloating so it might be worth road-testing your diet without dairy for two to three weeks. If there’s no improvement, try a similar time period without wheat.
>> Improve Your Posture
If you’re prone to slouching it can make your tummy look much bigger than it is and visually add up to half a stone. Stand with your back straight and pull your stomach muscles in – if you don’t use ‘em, you’ll lose ‘em.
>> Slow Down
Chewing every mouthful of food 10 times means your digestion will work better and you’ll gulp down less air, which can cause gas, discomfort and bloating. Also, it takes 20 minutes for your brain to tell you you’re full so the slower you eat, the less likely you are to overindulge.
>> Move It
When it comes to beating the bloat, and losing weight, exercise really is your only man. What’s more, when you do cardiovascular exercises, you’ll lose fat from your tummy first because this is where your body stores its emergency fuel supplies. First to go is the top of your tummy, then lower down, and then your back. A 40-minute daily walk will result in a loss of a half a pound of fat a week.
>> Use Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzymes are specialized proteins that break down the food we eat. This is a very important job because our porous intestinal wall can’t absorb food; it can only absorb miniscule nutrients. And nutrients, as we know, are vital for human health and wellbeing. This process of breaking down and absorption is called digestion, it involves the breaking down of proteins, fats, soluble fibre, starch and sugars by digestive enzymes.
Unfortunately, stress, pregnancy, illness, caffeine and simply aging all deplete our own enzyme reserves. Meanwhile, it’s hard to replenish those reserves through diet alone as enzymes are lost during cooking and modern food processing. Unable to break down food properly, we are deprived of nutrients yet feel more hunger. We may also suffer from indigestion, impaired immune function, food intolerances and inflammation.
Udo’s Choice® Digestive Enzyme Blend contains 7 active enzyme strains to help maintain digestive health. These enzymes are plant-based and that’s important: they work throughout the entire digestive tract, breaking down more than other common animal-based enzymes on the market. Udo’s Choice® Digestive Enzyme Blend helps with the bloating, gas and uncomfortable feelings of lactose intolerance. It helps nutrients reach every cell in the body so we feel strong and energised.
For best results, open up and mix the contents of one capsule throughout cold or warm (but not piping hot) foods, or swallow one to two capsules during a meal with water.
Udo’s Choice® Digestive Enzyme Blend is available in Health Stores Nationwide.