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How to deal with bloating

Bloating is one of those health problems that can be hard to get to the bottom of. Some people only have bloating occasionally, while some it occurs all of the time.

Lots of different things can cause bloating – diet, lifestyle, food intolerances, constipation and conditions like endometriosis.

So what can you do to help?

Here are 5 things that may help to treat your bloating:

• Exercise – it can help pass trapped gas from your bowels. Studies also show light exercise can help to relieve fullness and bloating after meals.
• Eat smaller portions of food and eat fruit before the main meal not after – Smaller portions allow your body the ability to digest food and not get overwhelmed and have food sitting for too long. Eating fruit after a meal can lead to gas as fruit is easier to digest and will start to ferment before meat and carbohydrates.
• Track your bloating – is it after eating? Does it coincide with your cycle. If you can see a pattern, it can help to diagnose the cause.
• See a Naturopath or Nutritionist to see if you have any underlying intolerances, check you eating the right foods for you, prescribe you with the appropriate probiotic and address any deficiencies or imbalances that may be contributing.
• See an Acupuncturist – there are a number of causes of bloating in Traditional Chinese Medicine – it could be deficiency, stagnation, phlegm-damp to name a few. Your Acupuncturist will work out which cause is affecting you and choose points that may help to reduce your bloating symptoms.

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our practitioners, please contact us on 08 8296 4333 or via our website.

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