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Signs of Spring at Mettler

We are happy spring is finally here! I'm sure you are looking forward to sunny warmer days ahead. Hopefully, you participated in our Nutrition Month in March and found many helpful tips for developing sound food choices. Below, Registered Dietitian, Michaela, addresses the common nuisance of gas and bloating. Check out her helpful tips for any symptoms you might have.


April brings new programming in the form of a Boot Camp lead by Jami Taylor, along with a special promotion on training packages. Not to mention, we have a fun member and staff Golf Outing planned for April 18th, with limited spots available. Sign up today!

Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Beating the Bloat

Beating the Bloat 

Bloating and gas result from the natural digestion of foods, especially fibers, and from swallowing air as a result of everyday habits. As a result, reducing the amount of gas-producing foods you eat and changing some of your eating habits can significantly reduce the discomfort from gas, belching, and bloating.

Fiber found in many fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can contribute to gas and bloating. Since these are also very nutritious foods, you don't want to permanently eliminate high fiber foods from your diet. Keep a food diary to see if your symptoms are worse after eating particular foods. If so, eliminate these foods, and very gradually add them back in to your diet to build up your tolerance for them. As you increase your fiber intake gradually, drink plenty of water to reduce the bloating symptoms. The biggest culprit foods are cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and cabbage and legumes such as beans, peas, and lentils. There's nothing you can do to foods to reduce the amount of gas they produce, except ensuring that dried beans are properly soaked before cooking them.


Dairy can also cause gas and bloating if you are lactose intolerant, so a lactase supplement or lactose-free milk will reduce symptoms in those individuals.

Air ingestion from everyday habits can cause gas and bloating. To minimize symptoms caused by swallowing air, try these tips.

  • Avoid carbonated beverages
  • Avoid using straws
  • Avoid chewing gum or smoking
  • Eat more slowly
  • Chew food thoroughly
  • Avoid overeating
  • Ensure dentures fit properly
  • Stay physically active to keep the digestive system moving

Yogurt can also improve symptoms, due to it's amount of "healthy" bacteria, although a probiotic supplement may be more effective.

Some people report a relief of symptoms from certain herbs and spices including fennel, rosemary, ginger, and peppermint, but the most important thing you can add to your diet to minimize bloating is water to help aid in the digestion of fiber.

While uncomfortable at times, gas, belching, and bloating are normal. If you believe your symptoms to be excessive, speak to your physician. He may recommend an over-the-counter medication or enzyme-based supplement (such as prebiotics, probiotics, lactase, simethicone, Beano, etc.), depending on the underlying cause of your symptoms.

To schedule a 30-minute nutrition consultation with Michaela Kruse, RD, LDN, see Member Services or call 356-6543.

Offer expires: 4/30/15
25% off
Personal Training packages with Jami Taylor or Kaci Lierman. Limit one per customer.


Upcoming Events 
4/8    Boot Camp
4/13  Hot Yoga Monday
4/14  Tai Chi

View our class schedule for the most current information.
Easter Hours

Mettler Center will be open noon-5pm on Sunday, April 5th. There will be no classes. 

Zumba for Seniors

A new Zumba for Seniors will be offered Fridays at 1:30pm with Rena starting April 10th. 

New Boot Camp

Join us Wednesdays at 5pm and be led through 45-minutes of heart-pumping, muscle-burning exercise in the great outdoors.

Rain or shine, we'll use props, obstacles, body weight and more to get a killer workout.Prepare to be challenged, have fun, and get a little dirty!


Cost: Free to Members, $65 for Guests

Instructor: Jami Taylor


Sign up at Member Services.

NEW Alexander
"Table Turns"

Now offering 15-minute Alexander Technique table sessions! Whether you need a quick refresher between full lessons, or want to see what the Technique is about, this is a time and budget-friendly option for investing in your health.


Cost: $20 Guest, $18 Member


Packages of 10 also available at a discounted rate


Book your appointment today.

Mettler Golf Outing

You're invited to a Golf Outing with Mettler staff and fellow members and guests Saturday, April 18th at Legends Golf Course. Registration begins at 9:30am for a 10am start.

$15 a person covers green fees and cart.Call Mettler Center at 356-6543 to reserve your spot. Contact Eddie Edwards for questions.

And the Winner is...
Congratulations to Mary McGrew, winner of the Polar Loop Activity Tracker from our drawing during Nutrition Month.
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