Todays blog is provided by the experts at premium supplement brand Sun Chlorella. In parts 1 and 2, their expert nutritionist discusses the fact and fiction surrounding the topic of gut health.
‘Beat the bloat’ How healthy is your gut? Fact & Fiction
Many aspirations to get more energised and active in the summer months are often thwarted by the common issue of bloated bellies. To help our collective tummies beat the bloat, nutritionist Nadia Brydon from premium supplement brand Sun Chlorella, is on hand to separate the fact from the fiction when it comes to keeping your guts healthy.
“The most important thing when managing your digestion is to identify the causes and stop the patterns that lead to pain and discomfort. Once you know how healthy your gut is you’ll be able to prevent any bloating.” says Nadia.
NADIA BRYDON’S GUT HEALTH FACT & FICTIONS
Exercising when bloated will aggravate the condition – FICTION!
Breathing and exercise are particularly important as the gut needs air to help the digestion process and ‘burn’ off the food we eat. Try to take exercise in the open air for half an hour each day. If you’re bloated, a gentle walk will give you energy and the movement will facilitate your digestion. Exercise that focuses on the abdominal muscles or uses controlled breathing is excellent as it strengthens the muscles in this area.
Don’t drink alcohol – FICTION!
If you are heading out for a few drinks just make sure you go prepared. Take Sun Chlorella® ‘A’ to help balance the pH in the gut before you head out, drink plenty of water throughout the night, and try to keep food simple and light. Keep peppermints and chamomile teabags in your bag to have after your meal.
Eight hours sleep a night will help your tummy – FACT!
Sleep is a must and a good eight hours a night will give optimum benefit. It has been found that those sleeping less than this develop an increased desire for sugary type foods – due to lack of energy – which can ferment in the digestive tract and cause bloating.
Keep hydrated – FACT!
Always remember to drink lots of water throughout the day and try to drink before or after a meal rather than during. Drinking up to eight glasses of water a day is the best ‘laxative’ nature can provide!
Visit the loo regularly – FACT!
Irregular bowel movements can cause bloating and it is important to empty the bowels on a daily basis. For each main meal taken in, there should be a bowel movement to make space for the next meal. Otherwise foods ‘back up’ and ferment leaving the gut feeling full and bloated. To help keep the bowels regular, eat fibre-rich fresh fruit, vegetables and seeds such as flaxseeds, hemp seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Written by Nadia Brydon