Aside from feeling as though you look 6 months pregnant (men and women!), a bloated stomach can seriously impact on your life. Whether it results in a visibly swollen stomach, or just causes pain or discomfort, bloating is an unwelcome disruption to our usual digestive processes.

Digestive disturbances, and in particular bloating, are one of the most common symptoms that bring patients to see naturopaths and nutritionists. Thankfully, whether it’s through dietary changes, the use of herbal medicines, or by consuming probiotics to help with digestion, bloating can be managed.

If bloating is seriously affecting your life, you might want to have the causes investigated. It might be caused by irritable bowel syndrome, or pathological causes such as coeliac disease or candida overgrowth could be behind it. Some tips to help manage bloating include;

  • Maintaining a consistent and regular pattern of eating.
  • Cut out or at least cut back on your alcohol intake. Alcohol is a real gut irritant.
  • Avoid gas-producing foods such as beans.
  • Stress less. Take time to chill out and resolve or avoid issues that cause you to stress – it can disrupt the muscular contractions that move gas through your stomach.
  • Limit the sugar in your diet, especially from fruits and fruit juices. They form gas when they ferment which can cause bloating.
  • Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.


Wishing you all the best in bidding bye-bye to the bloat!

Renee Leonard – Stainton, Naturopath


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