Ask Madeleine December

Welcome back to Ask Madeleine!

I am so happy to be answering a brand new set of amazing questions you guys have submitted over the past few weeks. I can hardly believe the year is coming to an end, with Christmas just around the corner! I hope you are all enjoying the festive season, and that this months Ask Madeleine helps you glow and little brighter!

Madeleine Shaw Christmas

1. I consider myself to be relatively healthy but I am constantly bloated all the time. What could be causing this?


There is nothing I can sympathise with more! I personally struggled with IBS and leaky gut for years. Honestly…I used look pregnant constantly! Not comfortable, not fun.  I would suggest writing a food journal for a week or two – jotting down the foods you eat, how many times you “go”, and your symptoms each day. This can help you figure out what may be causing the bloat, and you can show it to a dietician if your symptoms persist

Here are 10 quick tips that may also help you beat the bloat:

  • Magnesium Citrate. Pop back a pill before bed and you will feel great in the morning.
  • Tummy rub. Sounds funny! But it helps move everything through. Work in a clockwise direction.
  • Warm water and lemon. Start your day this way to help alkalise the body, cleanse the system, and fire up your digestion.
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. When my digestion feels off, I knock back a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. This is fermented vinegar so it is loaded with enzymes that help break down the food in your belly.
  • Eat sitting down. This can be hard, but is essential. Chew your food and sit down to eat. It helps your body relax so you can absorb the f ood easily.
  • No raw after 4. Don’t munch of raw carrots all day. Raw veggies are hard to breakdown!
  • Take probiotics. They are packed full of good bacteria, which restores the good bacteria in your gut. I love BioKult.
  • Hydrate. H2O and lots of it! Water nourishes the digestive tract and helps remove waste and toxins.
  • Digestive Enzymes. These helps breakdown foods, they are like little teeth in your stomach. I often take these when I am feeling bloated.
  • Eat Bitter. Like rocket and watercress. Bitter veggies help stimulate the digestive system.


2.  How did you get into nutrition? What courses did you do?


I studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (INN).  The course takes a year and is completely online. For me, it was a very enjoyable experience and all of the lecturers and speakers are very inspiring. It’s great for anyone who wants to learn more about nutrition, become a nutritional health coach or set up their own business however it doesn’t make you a qualified nutritionist. I’ve also written a full IIN Review which goes more in depth about my experiences. I am Right now I am studying to become a full-qualified nutritionist in London at The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM).

3. I often feel like something sweet after a meal. What is the best way to satisfy my taste buds?


I think we can all relate to this one! I would suggest you reach for something wholesome such as toasted coconut flakes, a handful of cinnamon toasted nuts, some berries with coconut yoghurt, dates with nut butter, or even a few squares of dark chocolate (I go for 70% or above). My biggest lifesaver would have to be liquorice-based teas! That may sounds kind of strange, but liquorice root exerts a super sweet (but not sickly) flavour, and also reduces stress by feeding your adrenal glands.

I hope you enjoyed this month’s Ask Madeleine. Comment below if you have any burning questions for me that you would like me to feature in January’s Ask Madeleine…

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