BLOATING

ESSENTIAL OILS

Peppermint. Can reduce gas in the GI tract and improve digestion.

Juniper Berry. A natural diuretic that helps the body to flush out excess fluids.

Ginger and Fennel. Help relieve bloating, gassiness and indigestion.

Roman Chamomile. Has a relaxing effect on the gut; acts as an anti- inflammatory agent.

Research
A 2007 study demonstrated the benefits of juniper berry essential oil to digestive health. Researchers found that cows given daily juniper and garlic experienced general improved digestion, possibly due to changes in the way protein was broken down.

Home Remedy
Bloat-Busting Pre-Meal Routine. Add 1 drop of peppermint oil to a glass of water before meals. You may also add 1 to 2 drops each of peppermint oil and ginger oil to a spoonful of coconut oil and consume before meals.

Background
Abdominal bloating, which is the feeling of increased pressure within the gut, is so common these days that it’s been called an “epidemic.” Causes of bloating are extensive and include overeating, eating too quickly, allergies, hormonal imbalances, thyroid dysfunction, gut troubles and more.38 Because so many different factors can contribute to bloating—including some that seem totally unrelated, such as a lack of sleep or excessive stress— it’s possible to become bloated any time of the day or month.

Suggested Supplements

» Probiotics. Good bacteria act like friendly gut bugs in your digestive tract, reducing gas and promoting proper digestion.

» Digestive Enzymes. Help break down hard-to-digest proteins and starches that cause gas and bloating.