Bloated and uncomfortable - How do I beat Bulimia Bloating?
I am recovering from bulimia and trying my best to eat regular meals... However at the end of the day when I go to bed my stomach bloats up and it is so uncomfortable that I cannot sleep. What causes this? How long will it last? and what can I do to releave it?
Well done on you recovery efforts - you are beginning an exciting journey - I only wish I could show you how wonderful life is on the other side to give you strength - Just take my word for it!
Bulimia bloating is a nasty side effect of bulimia and recovery... I suffered from it very badly and in my case it lasted for around 3 months... with the first month of those being the worst.
It lasts for different amounts of time with everyone - but the good news is that it is definitely temporary and as long as you manage to keep up your healthy diet - it will eventually go away.
What causes it? Well... after so many years of bingeing and purging our tummies forget how to digest - they get 'lazy bowel syndrome' which causes the food to sit inside the stomach and ferment (fermenting = gas = bloating = pain)...
Bulimia also kills the healthy bacteria inside our tummies which enables us to digest easily... This good bacteria can take months to return to healthy levels - but there are a few things you can do to speed it up:
Take probiotic pills - you can buy them from your pharmacy - Or on Amazon Align probiotics are supposed to be some of the best
(make sure you keep them in the fridge)
Eat foods high in healthy bacteria - natural yoghurt with live bacteria (maybe go to an Organic store and ask them), aged cheese, kefir is brilliant - click this to see my favorite type
, fermented foods such as pickles, saurkraut and miso.If you would like some more info on how to beat bulimia bloating, click here.
Bulimia bloating isn't comfortable - but whenever you feed at your wits end - just remind yourself that bloating is temporary - recovery is forever!
Keep up your awesome work - You maybe not be able to see it right now - but you are well on your way in this journey!
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