Feeling Bloated? Try These 5 Natural Solutions
When was the last time you experienced the sensation of abdominal bloating or swollen fingers? This is an issue that is often associated with water retention. Bloating can often be caused by SIBO1, otherwise known as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth: "Methanobrevibacter smithii, Methanosphaera stadtmanae, and other Methanobacteriales, which are speculated in SIBO, are able to synthesize methane, which causes gas to build up, inducing the physical sensation of bloating." In other words: Occasional gas, bloating, or a disruption in your daily bowel habits are all common signs of an unbalanced gut microbiome2. Whether your bloat is brought on by a salty food fest, a hangover, or a greasy breakfast, don’t reach for prescription diuretics. These synthetic solutions can affect your kidneys, electrolyte levels, and have unpleasant side effects. Instead, try the following natural remedies: 1. Limit Your Salt Intake The majority of salt in the standard American diet is from bread and processed foods. Add more natural, whole foods to your diet including plenty of vegetables. 2. Exercise Regularly When you challenge your muscles with exercise, you move the blood through your body and back to the heart. Exercises that work the bigger muscles, like your legs, produce the most benefit. 3. Drink Organic Black Tea Organic black tea is safe and natural diuretic. Try and replace coffee each morning to benefit your health and give you the caffeine kick you need to start the day. 4. Wear Compression Socks A medical supply store can fit them to your specific needs. It will help to move the blood from your lower legs back to your heart. I wear mine ever night and sleep like a baby. 5. Take Probiotics Studies have shown that some probiotic strains can help relieve symptoms of bloating. Depending on the person, bloating can happen at any time during the day. However, it's been shown that our gut is the most active in the morning. That's why it's recommended that you take a probiotic right when you wake up to calm the stomach prior to the gut wave cycles. NATURELO's Ultra Strength Probiotic supplement has 11 probiotic strains with 50 billion active cultures to promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria and help fight against bloating.