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5 Ways to Combat Bloating

5 Ways to Combat Bloating

Bloating is fairly common and happens when the GI tract becomes filled with gas or air often caused by the foods we eat. However, bloating for some may be more painful, uncomfortable, and accompanied by other symptoms like excessive flatulence and constipation.

Usually, when bloating is experienced on a regular basis and becomes intolerable, a closer examination at your diet may be helpful in figuring out which foods cause more gas build up.

Here are 5 natural ways to reduce bloating:

1. Go for a walk.
According to Medical News Today, "physical activity can get the bowels moving more regularly, which can help to release excess gas and stool."¹

2. Gradually increasing the amount of fiber in your diet. 
Fiber is a great way to improve bowel regularity. Just remember not to overdo it - more than 70 g a day can cause even more bloating and constipation. 

3. Reduce sodium intake. 
Excess amounts of salt causes your body to retain more water, which can lead to bloating and feeling swollen. 

4. Stay well hydrated. 
Dehydration is often the cause of constipation, which often results in feeling bloating. In addition, drinking water helps the body get rid of any excess sodium. 

5. Taking probiotics daily. 
Bloating and constipation is often an indicator of an unbalanced microbiome. Taking probiotics daily helps to replenish the gut with healthy bacteria and creates a more favorable environment for normal digestion to take place. The 15 out of 17 strains of probiotics in Doctor's Biome specifically targets colon health and promotes healthy digestive function. 

Sources
1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322525#quick-tips-to-get-rid-of-bloating