Every month like clock work, my stomach starts to bloat. It is something that I literally dread, my normally flat stomach balloons in size making me look like I’m 3 months pregnant. No, it’s not just in my head, I’ve had people ask me if I was expecting, yes it was as awkward as you’re thinking.
Every month I would try some remedy that was supposed to make my stomach flat again, and every month it would fail. I tried not eating certain things and even fretted about possibly being gluten intolerant. I just needed some reason as to why I was perpetually bloated.
I realized that my bloating was linked to my hormones, when it’s that time of the month, my stomach would revert back to it’s flat state, and as soon as my cycle ended the steady bloat would begin. After doing some googling I realized that maybe the problem wasn’t my digestive system like I thought it was, instead my problem was I was retaining water.
Being that tea drinker that I am, I knew that Nettle tea was great for flushing your system, it’s a diuretic. Thankfully the taste of nettle tea is offensive to me because I started drinking that tea constantly, first thing in the morning and last thing at night before bed. Low and behold I was seeing a difference, my stomach was slowing going down in size, something that had never happened before with the other remedies I had tried.
So I’ve got the bloating stomach down, now how do I maintain my flat stomach status. These are a few things that work for me.
- Cut out carbonated drinks. - I realized that any time I drank pop, my stomach would blow up, this also happened with wine. Since I need neither of these in my life I simply cut them out. I don’t drink pop at all and rarely drink wine. The bonus about cutting down or cutting out pop from your diet is that it has an overall positive effect on your health, since soda’s tend to contain a large amount of sugar. It’s usually more thanthe recommended daily amount of sugar that we should consume.
- Drink Nettle tea - Nettle is said to have many benefits which include, improving your immune system, soothing allergies, easing pain and protecting our hearts. The reason I recommend Nettle is that it works on the Kidney’s to stimulate healthy, consistent urination and flow rate, which is what one wants when you’re retaining water. You do want to do your due diligence regarding if it’s the best option for you health wise.
- Exercise- Of course some exercise is good when it comes to dealing with the issue of water retention. Exercise stimulates your circulation system and can help the body relive excess fluid through sweating, increased breathing and increased urine flow. Cardio, yoga and pilates are all great forms of exercise that can make a difference.
- Fibre- Eating more fibre is not only good for your digestive system, it also helps your body flush out excess estrogen. Which works towards balancing your hormones overall. When your hormones are balanced, then the issue of bloating is reduced and even eliminated. A mix of soluble and insoluble fibre in your diet is the way to go, these can be found in grains and of course fruits and veggies.
On a whole I will be working on maintaining my hormone levels. I’ve tried things here and there butI realize that I need to be more consistent. That will ensure long lasting results.
Do you have any tips or tricks for dealing with bloating?