Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Beat The Bloat

Most of us are too familiar with bloating. It is very annoying, very frustrating, majorly uncomfortable and of course it looks super unattractive.

So what causes it???
major contribution is Sodium, (in other words SALT), and salt is in EVERYTHING!
I am sure you have heard of many things that cause bloating (eating too fast, drinking whilst eating, fizzy pop ect) and of course the ultimate cure; peppermint tea (which actually does work).

 So here you have it;

Sodium consumption

Too much sodium causes bloating. 
The excess sodium is kept just beneath the skin, where it attracts water, which is retained in your cells. In other words this is what makes you look puffy and feel bloated. 

How to avoid? Simple. Cut down on manufactured food (man made foods). You don't need to go crazy over this as there is sodium in mostly everything, all you need to do is to try and reduce it where you can and read you food labels.

Fortunately for us, food labels are displaying the products information that can help us avoid excess salt consumption.

As you can see in the example below this pizza clearly displays this has a high content of salt. 

Unfortunately sodium is hidden in all kinds of products, you do not even have to add salt to foods for it to contain salt. Products such as canned foods, packaged foods, fast foods, most foods that are man made already are packed with sodium and salt. Your'll notice that soup contains high levels of soup unless it is home made of course. 

How much salt should we have daily? 
Ideally we want to take in no more than 6g of salt daily. Children should eat less and babies should consume even little. 

Not only does salt/sodium contribute to bloating but it can also raise your blood pressure and slow down your metabolism(we definitely do not want this)

My beat the bloat transformation



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