😩 😩 😩 10 REASONS FOR BLOATING OR WATER RETENTION 🌊🌊🌊
HOW TO PREVENT BOATING. 😃😃😃
Bloating was once the bane of my life. I would eat well, train hard and for no reason at all some days I would look 6 months pregnant. My face would unexplainably get puffy, I developed cankles, and any resemblance of a flat tum and lean physique was out the window…Argh!
It wasn’t until studying Pro-Metabolic nutrition and understanding cellular respiration that I understood WHY bloating occurs. It was then that I discovered how to prevent it.
❓ ❓ ❓SO WHY DOES BLOATING HAPPEN
In a nut shell, the loss of intracellular sodium is accompanied by an increase of water retention. The leakiness of blood vessels allows the extracellular fluid volume to increase (causing edema). So how does this happen?
1. LOW CARB DIETS.
When glycogen stores are depleted, free fatty acids are mobilized which inhibit energy production from glucose increasing cellular leakiness and thus increasing edema.
2. EXCESS ESTROGEN (i.e. Pre-menstrual).
Estrogen causes sodium loss, reduced osmolarity, increased capillary leakiness, intracellular PH and over-hydration of the blood.
3. FATIGUE OR NOT ENOUGH SLEEP.
Results in the production of lactic acid that results in a shift in alkalinity. This increases the cells affinity to retain water.
4. LOW THRYOID FUNCTIONING (Poor metabolism).
Thyroid gland deficiency impairs the ability to regulate water and solutes like salt. Hypothyroid people typically retain water whilst losing salt. This often occurs rapidly via urine and through sweating.
6. DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER.
Drinking too much water activates complex adaptive processes unnecessarily impacting aldosterone and other electrolytes. Thirst is the best guide to the amount of fluid your body requires. It’s important to note that cutting fluids has no impact on fluid retention.
7. NOT ENOUGH SUNLIGHT.
Darkness and hypothyroidism both reduce the activity of cytochrome oxidase that makes cells more susceptible to stress.
5. STRESS. (overworked, toxic relationships etc.).
Stress disturbs cellular structure and the interaction between the amount of water, proteins and other components of a cell. This causes the cell to uptake extra water, not by osmosis, but because the structural proteins of the cell have momentarily increased their affinity for water.
8. INFLAMMATION / FOOD ALLERGIES.
Allergies and inflammation from infections most often result in swelling and water retention.
9. TOO MANY CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES.
This one was a suprise to me, but it really has made a difference.Vegetables are made up of cellulose, which are polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are long chain carbohydrate molecules that the body cannot break down. Cellulose is also known as an indigestible fibre and cannot be broken down by humans. Ruminants, or animals with several stomachs have the ability to break down cellulose. Bacterial growth in the gut is exacerbated by cellulose as it is left to ferment in the intestine often resulting in bloating.
10. INABILTY TO DIGEST STARCHES (potatoes, rice, pasta, breads).
If starches are unable to be digested, gut bacteria is likely to result in bloating. Opt for simple sugars as a carb source such as ripe tropical fruit, raw honey or orange juice.
🙋 😀🙋 8 SOLUTIONS 🙋 😀🙋
As the loss of sodium is directly related to water retention, anything that can help cells retain sodium will help prevent bloating.
✅ INCREASING SALT INTAKE HELPS TO PREVENT WATER RETENTION.
✅. The consumption of carbohydrates such as fructose (fruit, honey), acts like an increase of thyroid hormone and increases the retention of sodium.
✅. Increasing thyroid hormone production by eating Pro-Thyroid (Pro-Metabolic) Nutrition – simple sugars like fruits, juice and honey, saturated fats such as coconut oil and good quality proteins.
✅. Decrease stress and cortisol levels.
✅. Improved sleep and recovery.
✅. Balancing hormones like estrogen to progesterone. Carrots are a great choice to reduce chemicals in your diet and from the environment.
✅. Eliminate cruciferous vegetables and opt for well-cooked root vegetables. My preference is zucchini, squash, mushrooms and capsicums.
✅. Don’t overhydrate. Be lead by thirst
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