So you can’t wear your favourite skinny jeans today. That’s okay. Bloat, it happens. We don’t love it. We don’t want it. But it’s a natural part of life. There are MANY reasons why we bloat, and why one day the scale can say one number and the very next day it can say something else entirely. Let’s chalk it up to the cruelties of life.
Hormones, what we eat, and exercise all play a role in our weight and bloating. Before your period, you’ve probably noticed that you’re a little more— a lot more—bloated than usual. According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Dr. Nat Kingoudis, your pre-period time causes bloating because progesterone levels are climbing, and hormones can be quite cruel sometimes. You also might bloat when your kidneys aren’t working their best, that’s where diet and exercise come in. Even you emotions can affect your stomach.
Okay, so enough of the technical talk. How can you reduce bloating in just two days?
Drink It Up!
Dr. Nat says if you’re not sucking down the water and clear fluids (like tea), bloating will happen. Believe it or not, the more water you drink, the less water your body will hold onto. Think of it this way, your body needs water, and it will hold onto water to protect itself if it’s not hydrated properly. By giving your body what it needs, it can release the fluid retention and so reduce bloating.
Just as we promote gluten-free for healthy digestion, certain herbal ingredients are famous for their ability to reduce bloating. Dr. Nat especially loves Dandelion, Lavender, and Hawthorn Berry for bloating. These herbs specifically encourage the kidneys to function at their peak level, so they can help excrete that water you’ve been holding. Just take a look at our naturopathy blog by Jessica Gorman.
Okay, this one is never difficult. We love to sleep. Naptime, anyone? Well, the good news is that sleep is great for bloating. Dr. Nat reveals that sleeping between the hours of 10pm – 6am will keep your body well rested and allow it to refresh itself. Why is this important? Each day we place a heavy burden on our bodies. We expect them to keep performing at their best even when we don’t give our bodies what they need. If 80% of the time, you try and give your body the eight hours of rest it needs, Dr. Nat says you could see a measurable reduction in bloating.
We offer gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and sugar-free foods, so we’re already all about eating healthy. But did you know that the right foods can reduce bloating? It’s all about eating foods that help your kidney energy, according to Dr. Nat. Eat foods like “beans, pear, rice congee, and those with a high water content like cucumber, squash, choko, or similar,” says Dr. Nat. And of course, you already know to avoid processed foods and fried foods. But you also want to avoid foods high in salt and sugar, like potato chips and soft drinks. Stick with natural ingredients.
When it comes to bloating, it’s a natural part of life. But if you follow the four steps above, you could see a noticeable difference in your bloating in just two days time. Come on, what do you have to lose? Two days is nothing for an experiment that gets you back in your skinny jeans.