What do you do when you’re supposed to be somewhere, in something (you know, pants that button, your little black dress, perhaps even a bathing suit), and suddenly your stomach looks and feels like you swallowed a basketball?
A bloated belly can sabotage your plans and mood like no other.
It may even leave you wondering what triggered your bulging belly.
First let’s get to WHAT IS BLOATING?
When excess gas gets accumulated in the lower abdomen, especially the intestines. This intestinal bacteria generates gas before the food has travelled through the small intestine. And right this moment if gas doesn’t get passed naturally then the stomach expands like a balloon.
WHAT COULD CAUSE IT?
- Foods items like beans, broccoli, cauliflower, or fizzy drinks tend to produce gas
- Sudden change in diet or not eating for too long
- Certain medications such as antacids, aspirin and opioid painkillers
- Lactose intolerance
- Multivitamin and iron supplements
- Any underlying medical condition like irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, cancer, or premenstrual syndrome.
Let me get to the point, and move you towards the de-bloat-fast road map.
Drink up detox water
Detox water intake can work wonders, as it flushes out the waste of your system. And if you can’t figure which to have then, I suggest to try these
- Jeera (Cumin) Detox
Jeera (Cumin) is one of the best source of antioxidants which is helpful in removing the toxic elements from our body. It cleanese the internal organs and build their strength.
All you have to do is , pour 2 tablespoons of jeera in a jar along with 1 liter of water. Cover it and Let it stay overnight. Yup it’s that simple
Taking jeera water will increase the production of bile in your liver which in turn help in reducing gas and bloating sensations.
- Methi (Fenugreek) Detox
Fenugreek is supremely rich in fiber. It also contains galactomannan which helps in burning fat and decreasing sugar level.
And it’s just so easy to make it as well. Soak 1 tbsp of fenugreek seeds in 500 ml water, and leave it overnight. Strain the mixture in the morning and drink it
- Lemon, Cucumber, Ginger and Mint Detox
Consuming this detox water is one of the best ways to fight your body’s tendency of retaining water. Here’s how you prepare it:
Boil ten mint leaves in a cup of water. After it boils, let sit for 5 minutes. Then squeeze the lemon and then cut three zests from it, to add in the water later. Next step is to peel the cucumber and blend it.
At the end, pour all this into 1.5 liter of water. Mix it all and put the two teaspoon of grated ginger, the three lemon zests, and if you would like, another mint leave in there. And voila, you have your detox water to go.
Hog on more fiber.
Fiber adds bulk which prevents constipation, and helps in making everything move through the intestines with pace and ease. An average women need about 25 grams of fiber daily, but sadly most of us barely consume half that amount.
To fix this, easy way would be to add bran cereal in your morning meal, as it has about 5gram of fiber per serving. And during the day consume foods like dried apricots, strawberries, blueberries, and dried plums, as these are high in fiber. Although don’t be fill up the fiber too fast, or you might end up feeling bloated even more. But be careful that you don’t add too much fiber too fast, or you’ll feel even more bloated than before. The body requires time to get used to processing the added bulk.
Pass on the Salt
Sodium is one of the most common causes of excess fluid and bloating. Increased sodium in diet leads to fluid build-up which causes increases blood volume. This pressures your heart to work harder, and ends in you feeling fatigued.
So, make sure you check labels and avoid foods with high sodium for example processed meats and canned entrees. Go for foods that have sodium level at less than 20 percent per serving.
A quick ten-minute can also relieve bloating. Working out and moving the body helps in relieving the gas through the digestive tract with ease, so you feel better quickly. In fact adnominal workouts help in making us feel less conscious about bloatedness, so make sure you add them in your exercise schedule.
Add Ginger to Your Diet
Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory which has proven to be an aid in digestion. In fact, it’s a age old home remedy for various ailments, and bloating is one of them. If you don’t like it’s taste then you can slice mince, or even shred it for easy consumption.
Best is to make ginger tea at home- just pour hot water over sliced ginger, let steep, and drink through a strainer, and your bloated stomach will be at ease
Add Some Probiotics
No no don’t make that face, this may sound gross, but it’s true. Since your digestive system is lined with more than 100 trillion bacteria, as these bacteria are supremely important to your gastrointestinal and also to your overall health.
Probiotics are the good and helpful bacteria that you need to keep your gut healthy, support immune health, and keep the bacteria in your gut balanced. The easiest way to add probiotics to you diet is via probiotic supplements, although natural food like yogurt, kefir and fermented vegetables would work too
Try Some Quinoa
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a kind of grain, in reality it tiny seeds of the plant. It is completely protein, meaning it contains all the nine important acids that our body needs from food. In fact, it is also a good source of potassium and magnesium- both of which are responsible in reducing bloating
In case the bloating doesn’t heal using the natural treatments we just suggested. Please visit a doctor immediately
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