Our 'One week flat' supplement has been recommended in the Daily Mail. The article looks at the causes of bloating as well as some simple, yet effective, dietary changes and practical advice.

Our 'One week flat' supplement recommended as part of advice to help you achieve a flat tummy

Bloating is a very common digestive complaint, especially among women, and can be a symptom of various conditions such as trapped wind, water retention, and constipation. However, the article points out that there are a number of simple steps you can take that may help. These include keeping yourself well hydrated, chewing your food thoroughly to help your digestion, and avoiding troublesome foods such as beans, root vegetables, and pulses.

"To reduce bloating the main foods to avoid are sugar, wheat, caffeine and alcohol as these are the ones most likely to cause bloating and weight gain." advised Shona Wilkinson, head nutritionist at the NutriCentre.
Shona explained that by cutting out these troublesome foods, drinking plenty of water and eating lean proteins, you will help balance your blood sugar levels and prevent unhealthy cravings for sugary and/or fattening foods like crisps, sweets and chocolate.

"Chew each mouthful until the food is almost liquid; not only will this help to ensure that the food is properly digested, but it will also help you to eat slowly and enjoy your food, so can prevent you over eating."

Nutritionist's top tips

1. Peppermint

Shona's top tips included peppermint, a powerful herb with recognised anti-spasmodic and calming effects on the gut. She recommends trying peppermint teas instead of your usual brew (which contains caffeine!).

2. Chew chew chew

Shona recommends chewing your every mouthful of your food a minimum of 30 times. This helps your brain tell your digestive system to start secreting digestive juices before the food gets there, and the saliva can start to work more effectively in breaking down your food.

3. Drink 30 minutes before each meal

Ensuring that your are well hydrated before a meal, allows your body to produce the digestive acids and enzymes more effectively. Shona also recommends to try not drinking during meals as water will dilute hydrochloric acid and make it harder for your digestive system to digest your food.

4. Live cultures

Shona says;
"The microorganisms in our gut play an important role. They especially help with the digestion of lactose. Try taking a daily culture supplement such as OptiBac One week flat, an advanced formulation of unique live cultures and prebiotics."

5. Oats

Eating oats is a good source of fibre and also provides faecal bulk. Shona recommends eating porridge with flax seeds for breakfast.

6. Leeks, garlic and onions

Often water retention is due to hormonal issues, so supporting your liver will ensure good metabolism and detoxification of hormones. Leeks, garlic and onions are packed with sulphur which is a vital mineral for good liver health.

Check out some more of our recent press mentions here:

'One week flat' in Fabulous Mag for bloating.
OptiBac 'For every day' in Yours Mag for immunity
OptiBac 'For women' wins natural health award


  • I've read that Bifidobacterium bifidum cect 7366 is effective against Helicobacter Pylori. Do any of your products contain this particular strain or is it not commercially available?

  • Dear Judith,

    Thank you for your question.

    As far as I'm aware, B. bifidum CECT 7366 isn't currently available to buy as a supplement, and we don't carry this strain within our range. However, as our blog on this subject suggests, we offer other strains within our products that studies have shown to be effective in cases of H. pylori infection.

    Our customers suffering from this infection also choose to take Saccharomyces boulardii and report good results.

    I hope that this information helps.

    Best wishes,


  • My husband had a hip replacement 18 months ago which became infected. He has had various antibiotics since then which have all been ineffective. He has been told that the infection is resistant to antibiotics and he will always have it, He is in constant pain and has great trouble walking.
    Will probiotics help him, if so which one please?

  • Dear Rita,

    Thank you for your question, and I'm sorry that your husband has been having such a challenging time healthwise.
    I'd say that it's definitely worth trying a probiotic supplement in this situation. For more information about how probiotics may help in cases of antibiotic resistance, you may wish to read our article on 'Can probiotics prevent antibiotic resistance?'

    I'll write to you directly with some suggestions that you may find helpful.

    Wishing you and your husband the best of health,


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