‘How can I get rid of bloating?’

Jan 16, 2020
One Starts at 60 reader is wondering how to get rid of bloating. Source: Getty

Q: How can I get rid of bloating?

Belly bloating is a result of excess air in your digestive tract. There are a lot of reasons for being bloated. Certain medical conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food intolerances, or parasite infections can all lead to stomach bloating. I’d suggest you try the FODMAP diet, but check with your GP beforehand. They may refer you to a specialist to rule out any serious health issues.

Q: What should I eat to lose weight? I don’t eat junk food or drink alcohol, but I can’t seem to shake the weight. I have two medical conditions, use a walker to get around and can only stand for a minute or two.

Muscle loss, being less active and a slower metabolism are all signs of the natural ageing process. In order to lose weight after 60, having a set meal plan can be helpful.

Adding more vegetables and making sure you’re getting enough protein is key to maintaining a healthy weight. Eat smaller meals and snacks — eating every three hours boosts your metabolism.

Drinking plenty of water is also essential — sometimes, thirst masks itself as hunger. As you get older, you may not be as quick to notice when you’re thirsty. Vegetables and fruits that are naturally rich in water, such as cucumbers and watermelon, can help you stay hydrated and fuller for longer. If you’re not sure if you’re drinking enough, check your urine. If it’s dark yellow, you need more water.

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Important information: The information provided on this website is of a general nature and information purposes only. It does not take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. It is not personalised health advice and must not be relied upon as such. Before making any decisions about your health or changes to medication, diet and exercise routines you should determine whether the information is appropriate in terms of your particular circumstances and seek advice from a medical professional.

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