It’s a fact of life, yes, but that doesn’t mean we have to live with it. Or anyone else in our general vicinity does. Because frankly, it’s the worst. Gas and bloating. Ugh.
Can we ever just enjoy our food without worry about not being able to digest it? It’s all fun and games until suddenly, you’re secretly undoing your jeans or scurrying off to the bathroom, feeling all ashamed. When it hits, it hurts. But it doesn’t have to.
So do yourself and everyone around you a favour and don’t let your sluggish system keep you from wearing your favourite shorts or joining the garden party. Good digestion is key to a healthy lifestyle and there are smart ways to improve yours.
GAS AND BELLY BLOAT: 5 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR DIGESTION
1. Eat a healthy diet
Try limiting processed, fried, fatty and sugary foods because they are harder to breakdown and can support the growth of unhealthy gut bacteria. Increase fibre in your diet as it can help regulate bowel movements by keeping food moving through the digestive tract. Foods high in fibre include whole grain products, vegetables and fruit.
2. Drink your 8-10
Water is not just important for hydration. It also helps to break down food, fats and fibres and keep them moving through your intestinal tract. Drinking enough water throughout the day—8-10 cups— will help prevent dehydration which will also help to alleviate constipation.
3. Get moving
Your workouts are doing more than just keeping your body toned. An active lifestyle can actually help stimulate digestion to help keep your digestive system running smoothly. To boost your digestion, you don’t have to be a triathlete but you do have to exercise. Aim for 20 to 30 minutes every day of aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging and swimming.
4. De-stress, de-stress, de-stress
Stress and anxiety tense up the body so it’s no wonder that they do the same damage to your digestive processes, preventing them from functionally properly. There are many different ways to calm your nerves and manage stress levels. To keep your body and system in balance, try meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or simply going for a walk to get some fresh air.
5. Go probiotic
Probiotics are healthy bacteria, naturally present in the digestive tract to help keep your digestive system in tiptop shape. But they are easily depleted by illness, antibiotic use, stress, or an unbalanced diet, leaving you with uncomfortable symptoms such as gas bloating and stomach pain. Choose a daily probiotic supplement specifically formulated to address your symptoms. Jamieson Digestive Care™ Daily Relief is specifically formulated with ProbiDigestis®, a probiotic strain proven to help relieve symptoms such as gas, bloating and abdominal discomfort more than any other strain of probiotic.