7 ways to beat the bloat naturally
Up your intake of cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, kale and bok choy, says Andrea Donsky. “Lightly steam them for better absorption and to help with digestion. These fibrous vegetables help to balance hormones and remove waste from the body.” Kim Sjoblad adds that conditions like PMS, cramping and irregular menstrual cycles can be attributed to hormone imbalance, so be sure to eat healthy fats, dark leafy green veggies and go organic.
Here’s food for thought – your diet has healing powers. So why not consider a holistic diet?
“A holistic diet can be used as medicine to control or reverse many health issues,” says Kim Sjoblad, a certified nutritional practitioner, who says more women are feeling empowered to heal themselves by addressing the cause of their ailment rather than the symptom, says Sjoblad, also a holistic fertility expert.
“They are looking at lifestyle and diet and being proactive rather than reactive.”
Holistic eating is described as focusing on natural foods: “Any food that is processed, chemically created or otherwise unnatural does not promote wellness, and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, legumes, whole grains, any other whole foods will make you feel better all over,” says Sjoblad who blogs on her site, kimsjoblad.com.
Whole, unprocessed, plant-based foods energize and heal, says Sjoblad. “Most people believe the ailments they face every day are a part of normal everyday life but it doesn’t have to be so.”
Andrea Donsky, a registered holistic nutritionist and founder of naturallysavvy.com stresses to first visit your doctor to rule out any underlying issues, especially if they are recurring and severe. “Once you’ve ruled out any medical problems, there are many alternative approaches we can take starting with nutrition,” says Donsky.
The key is consistency, adds Sjoblad. “We are a quick fix culture and eating a whole foods diet takes commitment. People want instant results, and are looking for the next quick fix or magic pill. It can be challenging at first, and it can take time before you notice change, but those changes last.”
Here's a list of ailments that may be alleviated just by making a few changes to your dietary habits (but always remember to check with your medical practitioner or family doctor first):