Sunday, 24 August 2008

Tummy Troubles



All of us can suffer from bloating, this is something that I have been experiencing lately with stress. There are few things we can do to help this, although every one of us is different some basic ideas are below:

* Some people suffer as they aren’t getting enough exercise and may suffer from constipation. This can also be affected by your amount of fiber intake. Exercise encourages food to move around our system and fiber keeps our inside working efficiently.

* Be careful when you introduce more fiber to your diet, do it gradually so your body can adapt, or this could end up bloating you more! I source fiber from use AllBran as a good source of fiber, or switch to wholemeal products and eat wholemeal toast.

* Dehydration can lead to constipation so drink lots of water at regular intervals.

* We often see now the introduction of pro-biotic yogurts they now have a “friendly bacteria” added to encourage things to keep moving.

* Salt can also cause the tummy to bloat; too much salt can lead to water retention.

I believe that to maintain a flat healthy stomach you simply need to maintain a healthy varied diet, but here are just a few tips to help you along the way.

1 comment:

PSBN Jon said...

A great post Duckey and one I can relate to having suffered with IBS for 15 years your tips are all totally spot on.

I have also found out that the "friendly bacteria" mentioned on the popular TV advert for a certain product is actually a made up word and not true at all. I even had this confirmed by a team of qualified Pharmacists!

This is important because we can't all believe what the adverts tell us, the point is to maintain a healthy diet, get some exercise and if you still have bad constipation/bloating seek professional advice, but take caution before you turn to medicines.