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Bloated and uncomfortable - How do I beat Bulimia Bloating?

by Destiny


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?

Shaye Says

Hi Destiny!

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!

Stay Strong,

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