“Why am I so bloated?”
Ever found yourself asking that question all the while your abdominal region starts expanding like it’s about to house two sets of twins? Yeah, we feel you.
It’s a frustrating question to ask, ’cause as it turns out, it’s one that can have many answers! To learn more, we consulted naturopath Monica Yates to find out how to decode the bloat and prevent it altogether:
1. Oestrogen bloat
This type of bloating is caused by an excess of oestrogen (normally coupled with not enough progesterone).
Often women will find that in the second half of their cycle they turn into puff the magic dragon and they can hardly recognise your face.
Oestrogen forces the body to retain fluids in the tissue and also programs your fat cells to store more fat.
You want to increase your fiber by eating more dark leafy greens that are cooked, flax seeds and psyllium husk to help flush out this estrogen. Also, increase your cooked brassica vegetables intake (think: broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts).
Raw carrots are also fab at metabolising oestrogen along with glutathione found in bone broth and vitamin C (high levels in camu camu powder).
Make sure you also reduce your toxic load from skincare.
2. Cortisol bloat
Ugh, the dreaded cortisol.
You’ll have a few stress-filled days and overnight you can’t fit into your jeans and queue puff the magic dragon once again.
Cortisol is also an antidiuretic which means that it forces you to retain salt, increasing puffiness.
Caffeine can also exacerbate things, along with alcohol. Try and reduce caffeine after a stressful week (which is hard I know), and try to reduce the wine. But to be honest, I kinda feel that alcohol can sometimes reduce my cortisol ’cause I let my hair down – as long as I have the right supplements to take before bed that night.
Now, the BEST way to flush all the cortisol out of your body iiiiiis… self-pleasure! Yep, have an orgasm (or two) before heading out for the night and you’ll instantly get rid of the puff-factor
Jumping on a mini trampoline for five minutes is another fabulous way to flush out cortisol.
3. Magnesium deficiency swelling bloat
Magnesium is so important for our body. In fact, it is involved in over 300 biochemical processes in the body and it is depleted when you are stressed, making your body more stressed and depleting cortisol even further.
A reduction in magnesium can show up as bloating, puffiness, leg cramps, twitches in your lip or eye and headaches. Try eating magnesium-rich foods like sunflower seeds, low mercury fish, leafy greens and dark chocolate. Also, try taking a magnesium glycinate supplement.
4. Low belly, microbiome bloat
And lastly, the low belly microbiome bloat. This is caused by gut issues and can show up as skin issues, eczema, leaky gut, brain fog and food allergies that pop up. It is often Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and you need to cut out all inflammatory foods (sugar, grains, gluten, dairy, vegetable oil) and then slowly bring them back in (on special occasions).
Apple cider vinegar is also fantastic for helping clear our the bad bugs and reducing bloating. Along with increasing your phytonutrients found in cacao, the skin of organic veggies, and fruit, herbs and spices.
Increasing your consumption of bone broth, collagen and gelatine will also help for the majority of people (unless you have a bad histamine intolerance).
It is totally possible to have multiple of these types of bloat at once and whilst it can seem like an overwhelming and difficult task to get it all under wraps, it’s totally worth it once you’re there!
I’ve had clients that have felt better after just one session.! I’m talking increased energy, confidence and libido just by getting rid of the nasty bloat!
Once you know how to hack your bloat, you’ll be feeling sexy AF 99 percent of the time (the other one percent is being human).
If you’d like 1:1 support please think about contacting me for life coaching or period coaching! I am ICF certified, and LOVE coaching women about everything from health, to energy work and letting go of the things that are stopping you!
Monica is an ICF certified Life Coach and Wellness Coach studying nutrition. Monica’s obsession with all things period related started during her own journey of trying to regain her period. Through years of study and research, Monica has a wealth of information about how women’s cycles work. She educates, inspires and helps women to enjoy their period and live their life in a way that supports the female cycle. This area of health isn’t widely educated in schools, and Monica hopes to change this by captivating women in learning about the beauty of menstruation with her real, raw and no BS approach.
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