Fit tip: Beat the bloat

The Gym fit tip - Beat the bloat

HEALTH:

Abdominal bloating is a common problem caused by excess gas in the intestines. It not only looks unsightly, but can leave you feeling heavy, out of shape and uncomfortable. Thankfully there are numerous ways you can help reduce bloating and feel more comfortable in your clothes.

EXERCISE:

Try the following de-winding exercise to help flatten your stomach and reduce discomfort after eating:-

  • Lie flat on your back and bring your left knee to your chest.
  • Hug your left knee to the count of 20.
  • Release and repeat with your right knee.
  • Alternate knees for 5 times or more, depending on the severity of symptoms.

NUTRITION:

Always take your time - eating too quickly forces air to enter the digestive tract where it can become trapped, causing your stomach to expand and bloat. Thoroughly chewing each mouthful also produces an enzyme that aids digestion and means that your food reaches your stomach in a more manageable form. This cuts down on fermentation of food and reduces production of gas.

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