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Wellness
Published Monday Dec 16, 2019 by Sara Lesher

7 Ways to Decrease (and Prevent) Bloat Naturally

Expert Advice
Nutrition
Recovery

 

We’ve all been there—unbuttoning our jeans after a big meal, changing into leggings as soon as we get home, bending over in pain from built-up gas. There’s nothing fun about feeling uncomfortable. Here are some methods we’ve found helpful for decreasing and preventing the (dreaded) bloat.

 

FOR DECREASING BLOAT

Use essential oils.

 

Try creating your own at-home blends using essential oils like ginger, peppermint, fennel, and lemon. If you don’t have these oils handy, buy premade blends created specifically for gut health (we love Saje’s Gutzy roll-on). Rub these directly on your stomach for instant relief!

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Use essential oils.

 

Try creating your own at-home blends using essential oils like ginger, peppermint, fennel, and lemon. If you don’t have these oils handy, buy premade blends created specifically for gut health (we love Saje’s Gutzy roll-on). Rub these directly on your stomach for instant relief!

Drink tea.

 

Drinking hot tea feels fantastic on a bloated belly—and can help reduce swelling. Stick to teas like peppermint, chamomile, lemon, or ginger for optimal relief.

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Drink tea.

 

Drinking hot tea feels fantastic on a bloated belly—and can help reduce swelling. Stick to teas like peppermint, chamomile, lemon, or ginger for optimal relief.

Try yoga.

 

Although you probably want to go into Corpse pose when you’re feeling extra bloated, it isn’t the best for releasing trapped air. Try these yoga moves to help relieve tension and get things moving (if you know what we mean).

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Try yoga.

 

Although you probably want to go into Corpse pose when you’re feeling extra bloated, it isn’t the best for releasing trapped air. Try these yoga moves to help relieve tension and get things moving (if you know what we mean).

Go for a walk.

 

A little bit of light exercise after a heavy meal can help reduce your overall bloating. You don’t need to hop on the treadmill every time you eat, but a short walk right after lunch or dinner can do wonders for your belly.

 

 

 

FOR PREVENTING BLOAT 

Now that you’ve learned a few ways to take care of bloating once you’re already experiencing it, let’s talk about how to prevent it!

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Go for a walk.

 

A little bit of light exercise after a heavy meal can help reduce your overall bloating. You don’t need to hop on the treadmill every time you eat, but a short walk right after lunch or dinner can do wonders for your belly.

 

 

 

FOR PREVENTING BLOAT 

Now that you’ve learned a few ways to take care of bloating once you’re already experiencing it, let’s talk about how to prevent it!

Practice mindful eating.

 

Do you ever feel bloated after you inhale your food? Whether you’re *extra* hungry or scarfing down a meal on the go, eating fast (or chewing with your mouth open) takes in a lot of extra air, which causes you to feel bloated or uncomfortable. Remind yourself to chew your food thoroughly, take smaller bites, and take your time finishing meals (it can be hard!).

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Practice mindful eating.

 

Do you ever feel bloated after you inhale your food? Whether you’re *extra* hungry or scarfing down a meal on the go, eating fast (or chewing with your mouth open) takes in a lot of extra air, which causes you to feel bloated or uncomfortable. Remind yourself to chew your food thoroughly, take smaller bites, and take your time finishing meals (it can be hard!).

Choose your foods wisely.

 

The types of foods we put into our bodies have a significant effect on the way we feel afterward. From beans to wheat, try to stay away from these 13 foods if you have been experiencing frequent bloating.

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Choose your foods wisely.

 

The types of foods we put into our bodies have a significant effect on the way we feel afterward. From beans to wheat, try to stay away from these 13 foods if you have been experiencing frequent bloating.

Avoid bubbles!

 

This one may seem obvious, too, but super carbonated drinks—such as soda, beer, and champagne—can lead to a buildup of gas in your stomach. Maybe think about skipping the mimosa at brunch on an extra “bloaty” morning (but if you don’t, we won’t judge).

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Avoid bubbles!

 

This one may seem obvious, too, but super carbonated drinks—such as soda, beer, and champagne—can lead to a buildup of gas in your stomach. Maybe think about skipping the mimosa at brunch on an extra “bloaty” morning (but if you don’t, we won’t judge).

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As MINDBODY’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
The Latest
Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

Perspective
Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

Kim Haile Headshot
Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.