Bloating can truly wreck havoc on your day. Imagine being at work, getting ready for a staff meeting and you start to not feel well. You’re feeling bloated, full and gassy. Your clothes don't fit well and you are praying that whatever is happening goes away ASAP.
And then it happens: you start sending silent but deadly reminders of that partially digested meal from last night. You're panicking because you know it will happen again, so instead you hold them in with all your might, which contributes to further pain and discomfort and more fermentation that leads to more bloating and gas.
Before I offer my very popular homemade remedy for gas and bloating, it's important to understand where bloating comes from so you can alter your habits accordingly.
Common causes of bloating:
Bloating can be caused by a wide variety of factors. In some cases, it's caused by a medical condition or by an emotional state that you may not have control over. In other situations, gas can be produced from the foods that you eat, the way you eat them and what you eat them with. This is all a result of the bacteria in your gut microbiome during the process of fermentation.
When you combine foods that are hard to digest (say steak and potatoes or chicken parmesan), the digestion process stalls and the food stays in the stomach and digestive track longer than normal. This causes the food to ferment and in some cases to putrefy and this leads to the production of gas and a bloated feeling.
Obviously, changing your habits and properly combining your food is the number one thing to do to avoid having this problem over and over.
If bloating still occurs, then I’m going to give you the recipe that has helped me and my clients for years! This stuff is truly amazing!
DIY: A Tonic To Cure Bloating For Good
- 1 cup water
- 1 pinch ground ginger
- 1 pinch ground cumin
- 1 pinch sea salt
- ½ teaspoon of fennel seeds
Bring water to a boil and place all other ingredients into the boiling water. Boil for about 5 minutes. Let the tonic cool and then drink. Your bloating will dissipate shortly thereafter!
Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program and the Sexy Body Reset, an online weight loss program that focuses on cleansing, nutrient-rich foods for natural weight loss
Jovanka studied nutrition with best-selling author Dr. T. Colin Campbell at Cornell University and life/wellness coaching at the Spencer Institute. She offers lectures, workshops and wellness coaching in both English and Spanish.
She has spent over 10 years studying and experimenting with alternative therapies, nutrition, herbalism and more. Jovanka has personally experienced the healing power of a holistic lifestyle and proper nutrition. Her journey towards self-healing, peace and happiness became her motivation to inspire and support others to do the same.
Jovanka is a featured expert at Whole Foods, Veria Living, Fox News LA, NPR and CBS Radio. She’s also a regular contributor in Spanish-language media outlets like Telemundo and a contributing guest expert at The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, BlogHer and PositivelyPositive. Jovanka gave her first TEDx talk on "Rethinking Failure" in November 2013.