As a nutritional therapist, Kerry sees up to 15 clients each week. Here she explains how to beat the dreaded bloat...
Bloating affects many of us, and for one of my clients, a woman in her late fifties, it had become a daily disruption. After visiting her GP to rule out medical problems, she came to me. I asked her to keep a food and symptom diary, and found that, like many working women, she ate her main meal at night, while she grazed and ate on the hoof the rest of the day.
Because she was watching her weight, she selected 'diet' foods, some of which contain sweeteners like sorbitol, which can aggravate intestinal symptoms. She also chose quick-to-cook evening meals, such as prepared pasta or potato salads, oven chips, par-baked breads and pizza bases. The carbs in these foods contain 'resistant starches', which are not completely digested, so may lead to fermentation and gas.
- Sit down to eat, take time over your food and chew well.
- Spread your food intake throughout the day and, when possible, make lunch your main meal.
- Snack on fruit and veg sticks or oatcakes instead of diet foods.
- Swap resistant, starchy carbs for freshly cooked foods, including fresh (not dried) pasta, baked potatoes, fresh breads and boiled rice.
- Gradually add more gentle, soluble fibre in the form of oats, ground flaxseed, fruit and vegetables.
In three weeks my client's symptoms had eased, and at her six-month review she reported a significant improvement.
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