There are many symptoms that come along with a food intolerance; nausea, fatigue and migraines just to name a few. However, bloating is one of the symptoms that many of people face. It can be painful and means you can lose confidence too.

The feeling of being bloated means your stomach is stretched, swollen and uncomfortable. It often happens after over-eating, perhaps during a festive season or big occasion, but for some people it can be down to a food intolerance. An intolerance test is the first step in discovering what your symptoms mean – a quick, non-invasive hair test will provide us with the information we need to determine which foods your body is having a reaction to.

After your intolerance test, you should begin an elimination diet to remove these foods from your diet, and thus alleviate your symptoms as quickly as possible.

If you do expose yourself to a food you’re intolerant to, there are a number of things you can do to ease the pain from bloating.

Light exercise
Although the last thing you might feel like doing when you’re bloated is to exercise, it can actually help to relieve the pain. Light yoga or stretching will give you something to focus on as well as stretch out any pains you may be experiencing in your body. Breathing exercises will also help you to get through the pain – you could even try meditation to take your mind off the bloating.

Relax
If you’re lucky enough to be at home when you experience bloating, then lay down with your knees up to your chest to help with the stomach cramps. If you have a hot water bottle – that’s great! Place it on your back or your lower stomach and the heat will soothe you. Likewise, you could run a warm bath with your favourite bubbles to relax your mind too.

Time for tea!
Did you know that many natural products such as peppermint and ginger can help with bloating? You can get peppermint or ginger tea bags in many supermarkets – but why not try your own natural version? Slice up a thumb-sized piece of ginger, add a slice of lemon and pour over boiling water to create a soothing lemon and ginger concoction.

If you’re struggling with intolerances and don’t know where to begin, our customer service team are available on Live Chat 24 hours a day, Monday – Friday. They will be able to help you decide if an intolerance test is for you, and if so, they will help you to understand exactly which test you should be buying.

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