Feeling bloated? You’re not alone as around ⅔ of Australian women experience bloating. The great news is that digestive wellbeing can be improved simply by eating more foods containing insoluble fibre. Insoluble fibre comes from the structural parts of the plants, such as the bran layer of whole grains or the skin on fruit, vegetables and legumes.
Research has shown that all it takes is a bowl of high bran breakfast cereal for two weeks to have significant improvements in bowel function and digestive feelings such as bloating. An added bonus is that with improved digestive health people also to report improvements in overall wellbeing, feeling more mentally alert, happy and energetic.
- Lawton C, Walton J, Hoyland A, Howarth E, Allan P, Chesters D and Dye L
Short Term (14 Days) Consumption of Insoluble Wheat Bran Fibre-Containing Breakfast Cereals Improves Subjective Digestive Feelings, General Wellbeing and Bowel Function in a Dose Dependent Manner. Nutrients 22 April 2013 http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/5/4/1436
- Bolin, T and The Gut Foundation. Understating Gas and Bloating: Why can’t I do up my jeans at night. Digestive Diseases Research Ltd, Sydney 2011