Don’t you hate it when you try to get up but the abdominal pain is so excruciating that you’re unable to do anything you’d like?
When I first moved to America I had a pretty tough time adjusting to the food here, therefore I always used to have a bloated stomach.
I used to unbutton my pants after eating, that’s how bad it got.
With time however and some simple tricks, I managed to make bloating a thing of the past.
If you want to make sure you will fit in your costume/ dress this holiday season without feeling out of place, here is what you can do:
1. Make sure you don’t have wheat allergies or lactose intolerance.
Food allergies and intolerance can cause gas and bloating, therefore making a trip to your doctor to check is the best thing you can do.
2. Slow down and enjoy your food.
If you have a tendency of eating quickly and not chewing your food properly, chances are you are swallowing a lot of air that eventually leads to bloating.
Always keep in mind that the digestion process begins in the mouth.
For optimum digestion, just make sure you chew every bite for 15 seconds.
An average meal should last at least 30 minutes.
You’ll see how this small and apparently insignificant thing can rid you of bloating.
Incredible Bonus Benefit: Studies show that when you take your time to thoroughly chew and taste your food, you end up eating less.
3. Carbonated drinks are a no-no.
Because these beverages contain a lot of fizz, gas easily gets trapped inside your belly.
There are healthier alternatives out there that help reduce bloating.
To spice things up a bit, try drinking water flavored with lemon, lime, or cucumber or peppermint tea.
4. It’s time to let go of your chewing gum habit.
While you mindlessly chew gum, chances are that you are swallowing a lot of air, which is another major cause of bloating.
Instead, you can try eating a healthy, high-fiber snack like fruit, vegetables, or lower-fat popcorn.
5. Watch out your sugar consumption.
Did you know that a lot of the food you eat contains hidden sugars?
This is the fertilizer that feeds the good and bad bacteria in your gut alike.
It doesn’t matter whether they are artificial or not.
The truth of the matter is that the more sugar you eat, the more the bad bacteria will proliferate and cause bloating in the process.
Which is why I advise you to consume no more than two or three servings of artificially sweetened foods and drinks per day.
6. Not all vegetables are good when you are bloated.
Beans and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower cause gas if you are not used to eating them on a regular basis.
However, with time your body will adjust accordingly. This is the main reason why you shouldn’t give up on these super-nutritious, high-fiber foods.
Bonus De-Bloating Tips
To reduce symptoms of indigestion, do one of the following things:
- Drink Chamomile tea before meals and bedtime.
- Take activated charcoal tablets right before and one hour after meals.
- After meals drink an 8-ounce glass of water mixed with two to five drops of clove oil.
Usually after a few weeks of making these subtle life changes, bloating will no longer bother you.
However, if you don’t see any difference, you might be having a medical condition that causes your ailment, like:
- Peptic ulcer
- Celiac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Check with your doctor if you think you may be suffering from one of these conditions.
However, when it comes to health issues, the biggest enemy is bad habits.
When you change those, so does your health.
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To your health!