Dr Oz: The Bloat Cure
Are you afraid that bloating could break the button on your pants? Dr Oz’s Bloat Cure is coming to the rescue. Find out why women have more problems than men and try starting your day with an Anti-Bloat Elixir Recipe.
Dr Oz used balloons to demonstrate how much gas we can all produce during a day. Bloating can be caused by raw, salty, or fatty foods, as well as dairy, diet soda, or carbonated drinks. Talking on the phone and chewing gum can also cause gas bubbles.
Dr Oz: Men Vs Women Colon
Women have curvier colons, whereas men’s colons are shaped like horseshoes. For women, the Colon can be like a roller coaster. No matter what the reason, everyone wants relief. Dr Oz turned to gastroenterologist Dr Robynne Chutkan.
“You have to work on bloating before it happens. Eliminate it before you start to bloat,” Dr Chutkan said. Women everywhere complain about bloating symptoms, and Dr Chutkan was inspired to come up with a simple Bloat Cure plan.
Dr Oz: Breakfast Anti-Bloat Elixir Recipe
This drink can start your day off strong to fight bloat. Coconut Water hydrates with electrolytes. Psyllium and Acacia give you a double dose of fiber as well. “This is like liquid Drano for your digestive system,” Dr Chutkan told Dr Oz.
You can substitute other greens in place of spinach if you prefer. This nutrient-rich breakfast drink could start clearing your pipes at breakfast. Dr Oz noted the tropical flavor.
Dr Chutkan recommended a minimum of 25 grams of Fiber per day to prevent bloating. (The smoothie recipe has 10 grams by itself!)
- 1 cup Coconut Water
- 1 tbsp Psyllium Husks
- 1 tbsp Acacia Fiber Powder
- 1/2 cup Papaya
- 1/2 cup Pineapple
- 1 handful Spinach
- 5 Ice Cubes
- Combine ingredients in a blender.
- Blend to preferred consistency and serve cold.
Dr Oz: Super Size Your Lunch
Keep getting fiber all day with a super sized lunch recommended on Dr Oz’s Bloat Cure plan. Dr Chutkan said you should have your biggest meal earlier in the day, so get your calories in at lunchtime.
The sample lunch featured on the show included a garden salad, salmon with broccoli and a sweet potato, and fresh berries. Aim for 10 grams of Fiber per meal.
Dr Oz: Finely Chopped Dinner
Dr oz said that means eating less at dinner. The stomach is designed to break down food into smaller particles. But Dr Chutkan showed how you can use a chopper to finely prepare your dinner and make it seem like you are eating a larger portion. Think about chopping up your dinner before eating it and you could make things easier on your gut.
Dr Oz: Reheating Leftovers Causes Bloating?
Dr Robynne Chutkan said that leftovers can seem like a good idea. But starchy foods, such as pasta, potatoes, or rice, turn into Resistant Starch when you let them get cool or reheat them. Resistant Starch is harder for the body to digest.
Who knew that reheating food changes its structure? Dr Oz explained that reheated food passes through 20 feet of small intestine before it can be broken down in the large intestine, enlarging the colon and causing bloat.
Dr Oz: Dairy Substitutes
Eliminate Dairy if you think bloating is an issue for you. Dr Chutkan said it may seem like a good protein source, but half the world’s population is or will be lactose-intolerant at some point. To see whether Dairy is a problem for you, try removing it from your diet for about 10 days to see whether your symptoms improve.
Here are some dairy swaps you can try:
- Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Dr Oz: Fennel Seeds
Also, try carrying Fennel Seeds in your purse or pocket. Chew a pinch of seeds before each meal, and you can fight bloat while freshening your breath. More of Dr Chutkan’s advice can be found in her book, Gutbliss.