Have you ever just bought your favourite pair of jeans and only a week later you can't button them up? Don't despair! The reason for this is not always weight gain. Sometimes it is about the accumulation of gas in the intestines and bloating. Often the reason for this is a slow digestive system and indigestion. The good news is that there is a way to get rid of a bloated belly with just the help of simple methods and remedies.
The first thing we should pay attention to in order to get rid of the bloated belly is nutrition. Certain foods and bad eating habits contribute significantly to worsening the problem.
Start with fibers
Start your breakfast with cereal rich in fiber, which improves digestion and speeds up the movement of food through the gastrointestinal tract. Don't forget to eat a small amount of fiber throughout the rest of the day as well.
Reduce the volume of vegetables
Instead of eating raw vegetables, eat them steamed. Half a cup of cooked carrots provides the same benefits as a cup of raw, but takes up less space in the stomach.
Keep spicy foods away
Enhance the taste of dishes with fresh and dried herbs such as dill, basil, mint, sage, rosemary instead of additives such as pepper, chili powder, vinegar, hot sauces. Spicy foods stimulate the release of more stomach acid, which can cause irritation.
Throw away the gum
When you chew gum, you swallow air that gets trapped in the intestines and causes pressure, bloating and pain.
Cut out fake sugars
Sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol are gas-producing sugar alcohols found in diet drinks and sugar-free chewing gum. Avoid them to get rid of bloating and gas.
Cut back on carbs
As a backup source of energy, muscles store carbohydrates in the form of glycogen. For every gram of glycogen, about 3 grams of water are stored. But most people don't need that stored fuel. Reducing the amount of carbohydrate-rich foods such as pasta snacks and sweets will help get rid of excess fluids and prevent them from accumulating again.
Be smart with legumes
There's a reason they're called a magical fruit. Legumes and vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower lead to increased gas formation and can make you look like you swallowed a balloon. To avoid this, pre-soak them overnight in water.
Avoid irritating drinks
Coffee, sodas, juice, and alcohol are drinks that can further irritate the stomach, increasing bloating.
Foods like bananas, potatoes and spinach help your body get rid of excess water and gas. There is a tendency to accumulate more fluid in the body when potassium and sodium levels are out of balance. As potassium increases (in bananas), sodium levels decrease.
Pumpkin is able to reduce the amount of gas produced in the colon. Taking it during dinner can nip the problem in the bud. You can choose roasted, stewed or boiled.
Warm water with lemon
A glass of warm water with lemon will keep the doctor away. This may not sound as good as the "apple a day..." rule, but it's an extremely useful habit nonetheless. Lemon helps the enzyme function of the liver and improves digestion. 1-2 tablespoons in a glass of warm water taken in the morning on an empty stomach are sufficient.
A spoonful of mustard taken at the first sign of flatulence is an incredibly strong remedy for this condition. Store in the refrigerator!
Activated charcoal has helped many people with gas and bloating. It is believed that this is due to its porous structure, which creates excellent conditions for "trapping" harmful chemicals and gases.
Herbs for gas and bloating
Fennel is one of the widely recommended remedies for flatulence. It is incredibly effective and works extremely fast. Just slowly chew some fennel seeds or place them in a cup of hot water for 3-5 minutes. Then slowly drink the liquid. It takes 5-10 minutes and you will be free of gas. This is a tool that you can always keep on hand at home.
Ginger is useful for preventing the formation of gas rather than getting rid of it. So if you want to protect yourself, chew a small piece of fresh ginger after eating or add some to your food. You can make ginger tea to drink 3 times a day.
Cinnamon gives instant relief from gas and bloating problems. It is enough to heat some milk and add half a teaspoon of cinnamon along with a little honey. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then drink in small sips. You will find that in addition to relieving the swelling, this remedy also helps prevent it from recurring.
Anise has antispasmodic properties and helps the digestive system to relax, which leads to a reduction in spasms and pain. In addition, it has a well-expressed carminative effect and causes a rapid release of gases, respectively, relieves bloating.
Peppermint is great for soothing the stomach and relieving gas pain. The menthol contained in it has an antispasmodic effect and calms the nervous system. This makes it a suitable remedy also in cases where bloating and gas are related to nervousness and stress. A cup of tea after dinner will help you feel great the next day.
Making tea is something that at first glance is easy for everyone, but we often make small mistakes that affect the efficiency. Usually, we put the packet in the hot water for a few minutes, then remove it and drink it. However, this is not always enough to extract the maximum active ingredients of the tea. It would be more useful if, after boiling the water, it is poured over the tea bag and the pot is covered. Let it stay like this for at least 10-15 minutes. Then remove the lid, squeeze the bag well. If it's too hot, just press it nicely against the wall using a spoon.
If you don't like the taste of mint, you can take chamomile tea.
Husk is a product derived from the Indian White Plantain plant, which is an excellent natural remedy for bloating and indigestion. You can learn more about its properties and use in the topic: How and why to use Husk (psyllium) for better health
Take a walk
The movement of the body helps the air accumulated in the stomach and intestines to be released. The increase in heart rate and breathing stimulates the natural peristaltic movements of the intestines, which prevents the accumulation of gases and the occurrence of constipation. Walking for 10 minutes a day may be enough to get relief.
Drink more fluids
It seems illogical to you, but when we want to get rid of a swollen belly, we must be well hydrated. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and adding some ginger to your drinking water would be even better.
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