February 26, 2016

Bloated Stomach? Go Probiotic

A proper fitness regime should take into account the way we feel as well as the way we look. It’s about discovering the diet and exercise combination that delivers a body that looks and performs at the peak of its potential.

That’s why it’s important to address any issue you have with the way your body feels. Many of us suffer from feeling bloated from time to time, for example. If that’s the case, then it can mean we haven’t quite got the balance of fuel right for our diet and need to look into ways to address that.

What does a bloated stomach mean?
Many of us know the feeling: that uncomfortable sensation of being overly full or having a tight or swollen stomach. This often comes with pangs of pain, gas, gurgles and flatulence.

This is likely to be a result of excess gas produced by the digestive process, with a combination of oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, methane and others left in the gut.

There can be a whole number of reasons for feeling like this – from overeating through to medical conditions. It’s important to remember that such issues are a sign from your body and you should never ignore the signs it gives you.

What are probiotics and when to take them
Clearly the solution depends on your own body but it’s important to consider that probiotics could be a way to ease the discomfort caused through bloating.

Probiotics are, essentially, ‘good’ bacteria that can help your body function better. These help to break down your food and pick out all of the minerals and nutrients you need to extract.

Just as a good diet needs to provide a balanced intake of essential nutrients, your body needs a balance of good and bad bacteria.

An imbalance – or dysbiosis – can cause digestive health conditions and lead to bloating. The lack of balance can come through a poor diet, stress, aging or even the use of antibiotics.

In such cases, probiotics inject the goodness you need into your system. There are two types – Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. The former is the most common and is the sort found in yoghurt and foods. The latter is less common and found in some dairy products.

Aside from digestion they can, in some cases, help those with allergies and skin complaints too. People should ask their doctor about their own bodies and circumstances so that they can be sure of getting this right.

Feel good for the best routine
If you feel bloated, you won’t be in the right condition for an effective workout and your regime will not be a success. It’s vital to look after your body and get the balance within it right. Then you’ll have the correct fuel for an active lifestyle and the right balance of nutrients to keep this up. Probiotics are a good example of how you can address an issue within your body so that you’re feeling in good shape.

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