Feel bloated? Got stomach cramps? You’re not alone. Here's how to ease the pain.
Every month two out of three (66 per cent) Australian women feel fat, lethargic and lack confidence as a result of stomach bloating yet close to half of all women (44 per cent) do nothing to relieve their symptoms, says a survey commissioned by Activia.
Poor diet is largely to blame, with the majority of Australian women believing their dietary behaviours are a source of their stomach bloating.
The most commonly reported cause is eating too much food or eating it too quickly (41 per cent). Consuming unhealthy foods such as fast food (36 per cent) and bad eating habits in general (35 per cent) are other commonly reported causes.
Activia Ambassador and nutritionist, Zoe Bingley-Pullin said that digestive discomfort such as feeling bloated, is a widespread problem which is rarely spoken about.
"Improving digestive comfort can make a big difference to your quality of life. I encourage men and women to make some simple changes to their lifestyle as it can work wonders.
So how can you beat the bloat? Here are 10 top ways.
Beat The Bloat
1. Avoid drinking soft drinks which have a lot of bubbles in them and don’t drink anything from a straw.
2. Alcohol can cause bloating so cut back on too many drinks.
3. See your doctor if you think bloating may be caused by intolerance to dairy or gluten. Do not cut out these food groups without advice from a professional as this could make your problem worse.
4. Sometimes a nice large salad full of roughage is all you need to fix bloating and gas.
5. Avoid eating foods that make you more gassy such as broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, beans and processed foods high in salt such as takeaway.
6. Exercise is a great way to combat bloating especially anything which stretches you out so as yoga or Pilates.
7. Boosting your water intake can work wonders. Water flushes waste out of your system and helps get things moving if you're constipated. So do bananas and potatoes.
8. Drink peppermint tea, anything minty is great for relieving digestive problems.
9. Sometimes antibiotics or prescription drugs, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, iron pills, and calcium supplements can cause bloating so check your prescription with your doctor.
10. Activia yoghurt is backed by 17 published scientific studies and contains an exclusive probiotic, Bifidus Actiregularis, which is proven to assist with digestive discomfort such as feeling bloated. It is available nationally at Coles, IGA and Aldi stores.