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Tips for Beating the Bloat This Summer: Your Guide to a Healthy Gut

Summer is here, and while it brings sunshine and beach days, it can also bring the discomfort of bloating. Whether you suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), occasional constipation, or simply want to improve your gut health, we've got you covered with effective strategies to keep your gut feeling happy and flat all season long.

Understanding the Basics: Gut Health and Bloating

Before diving into the tips, let's touch on why bloating happens. Poor digestion, food intolerances, stress, and dehydration can all contribute to that uncomfortable feeling of being bloated. By focusing on improving your gut health, you can significantly reduce bloating and enjoy your summer to the fullest.

Tips to Beat the Bloat:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Water is crucial for digestion and overall gut health and it's easier to become dehydrated in the warmer weather. Carry a drink bottle around with you to sip throughout the day.
  2. Eat Fibre-Rich Foods: Fiber helps regulate bowel movements and prevents constipation. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet. Luckily Summer is the season for lots of delicious low FODMAP fruits, like berries, grapes and pineapple. 
  3. Probiotics: Probiotic-rich foods promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria. Consider adding some low FODMAP probiotic foods, such as tempeh, red cabbage sauerkraut, lactose free yoghurt and kafir.
  4. Mindful Eating: With all the fun summer activities to get to, you may be quickly eating on the go, but try to slow down and chew your food thoroughly. This helps reduce the amount of air you swallow, which can contribute to bloating.
  5. Manage Stress: Stress can wreak havoc on your digestive system. Try to relax and enjoy summer! Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, or meditation to keep stress levels in check. Even better – make the most of the warmer weather and go for a walk in nature. 
  6. Identify Trigger Foods: Certain foods can exacerbate bloating, such as high FODMAP foods, carbonated beverages, fried foods, and artificial sweeteners. Keep a food diary to identify and avoid your triggers. Once you have an idea of what's triggering symptoms, try eliminating them and see how you feel. 
  7. Regular Exercise: Physical activity helps stimulate digestion and relieve constipation. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
  8. Stay Regular: Easier said than done, but establishing a regular bathroom routine can encourage healthy bowel movements. Make time for the toilet, don't ignore the urge to go!


    This summer, don't let bloating get in the way of your fun. By implementing these simple tips for improving gut health and beating the bloat, you can feel lighter, more energetic, and ready to make the most of every sunny day. Remember, a healthy gut is key to overall well-being, so start incorporating these habits today for a happier, bloat-free summer!

    For more tips on gut health, IBS management, and relieving constipation, check out our Fodbod Blog and our gut-friendly bars that support digestive wellness. Let's make this summer your best one yet!

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