All of us at one time or another have had that feeling when we thing that our belly is about to burst. It may be painful and you feel absolutely weighed down. All you wish to do is take a long, soothing bath and go to bed.

Over and above the angst that you are going through it also makes you feel unattractive, constantly thinking about how your belly is sticking out. In case you are a victim of constant bloating you should get in touch with your health care practitioner to learn if it is a cause of something more serious.

A few tips that can help you avoid this bloated feeling are listed below:

8 glasses of water? Not really!
You do not necessarily need 8 glasses of water. If your body needs more water it will tell you, through your urine. If your urine is a dark yellow color, then you need to drink up. You should stay hydrated and avoid foods that have a dehydrating effect on your body.

Fiber is Fine
Fiber needs to be included in your diet if you want to enjoy good gut health, digestion and an overall healthy life. 75% of your plate should be covered in foods that are rich in fiber. Make fruits, vegetables, beans or intact grains a part of your diet to feel better.

Are you consuming too much fat?
When you consume too many foods that contain fat – these contribute towards slowing down the digestive process and make you feel bloated.

Drink water at the right time
When you drink water very close to meal time, it will affect with your digestion. Try and drink as much water as you want – 30 minutes before a meal. Avoid having any liquids up to 3 hours after a meal.

Avoid Midnight Snacks
Give your digestive system a break. Avoid eating too close to bed time or waking up for a midnight snack.

Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or get in touch with a Homeopath to learn how you can adopt natural methods to avoid bloating and live healthy.