Hannah advised: “Rather than cut these healthy foods out of your diet, soak them in cold water overnight or for a few hours before cooking to make them easier to digest. This also deactivates compounds called phytates, meaning we absorb more nutrients.”
6. Up your fibre
Constipation and the build-up of waste material in the colon can cause a bloated feeling, a sense of fullness and loss of appetite, said Hannah.
She continued: “Maintaining regular bowel movements through sufficient fibre intake is therefore important. Ideally this should come from fruit, vegetables and wholegrains.”
7. Stop stress
Prolonged stress is bad for health in many ways, but our digestive system is particularly susceptible to its effects, being linked to the brain via the vagus nerve.
Hannah explained: “When we are stressed we produce less stomach acid and digestive enzymes, and our gut bacteria can be negatively affected, increasing the risk of bloating. Remember to take time out for yourself, for example by doing gentle exercise such as walking and yoga, breathing exercises or meditation and getting a good night’s sleep.”
Published at Thu, 20 May 2021 10:24:26 +0000