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Fix Your Gut And Relieve Stomach Bloating

Updated on October 22, 2016

Stomach bloating could come about for a number or reasons such as stress, excessive smoking, eating unhealthy or even eating too quickly. This is also because of a bacterial imbalance in your bowels and some of the symptoms you may notice include flatulence, belching, stomach pain but even more noticeable is the stomach bloating. A temporary relief of stomach pain related to bloating comes when we pass gas or move our bowels, but for a more permanent solution, we have to first get to the root of the problem and fix it. Stubborn stomach fat can be very annoying to get rid of but you may be surprised to know that it may be easier to fix than you realize. Here are four steps to start the process to balancing out the good and bad bacteria in your body.

Stage 1 - Get Rid Of Food Demons

Each person is different and our bodies react to certain food and drink in different ways. This stage will assist with emptying your stomach of common things that you may not even know is causing the problem. Nutritionists recommend doing this sort of elimination process (stage 1) before starting any sort of adjustment in your food and drink intake. During the elimination process, which ideally should last 10-28 days, you will be removing things from your diet that may be causing an obvious problem. Things such as sugar, diary, spicy foods and spice should be removed from your intake and any other foods that you may eat in excess that makes you feel sluggish like fried or processed foods.

Stage 2 - Digestive Friendly Foods

After ridding your body of the yucky things that it may be use to for 10-28 days, you want to focus on food and drink that is friendly to your digestive system. Things like broth soups, white rice, green leafy veggies, bright colored fruits and if at all possible, organic meats or at least leaner cuts of meat. This stage of course would work the best if you were to never re-introduce the foods that were avoided during the elimination stage but that is not what we are focusing on here. This is not a diet plan or anything of that nature, this is simply removing bad bacteria and replacing it with the good bacteria that your body needs to work effectively and keep you healthy. By following these steps, you are not only feeding your body right, but are also removing excess weight that is caused by a bloated stomach . Stage 2 can be followed anywhere from 2-3 weeks after stage 1, but you can extend it for as long as you feel comfortable. You will surely lose weight and start feeling great.

Stage 3 - Fermentation

Introducing fermented foods into your daily intake is a sure-fire way to fix any bacterial imbalance or stomach bloating issues after following the previous 2 stages. You have prepared your body to accept the good bacteria by this point so it will be all smooth sailing from here. Some of the best fermented foods to introduce into your daily/weekly intake are: raw yogurt, buttermilk, sauerkraut, cottage cheese and all of the following items as long as they are pickled: cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, turnips and onions. These foods can be simply incorporated into your normal eating habits, you don't have to use these foods as a replacement to your meals, but you want to include them as much as possible.

Stage 4 - Herbal Supplements

You may hear about probiotics often, but did you know that there are prebiotic supplements as well? Both probitics and prebiotics are in our bodies and play an important role in your body's function. Probiotics are microorganisms that live inside your GI tract and clean out your system so that is why we need them. Prebiotics are the foods needed by probiotics. Yes, basically probiotics eat prebiotics in our system so that is what keeps our digestive system flowing properly. If eating fermented foods like explained in stage 3 is not feasible for you, you can try taking both probiotic and prebiotic supplements. Following these three stages promotes optimal colon health thus relieving stomach bloating!


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