Bloating is the condition of your belly feeling swollen after eating. It is usually caused by excess gas production, and/or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system.
Bloating can often cause pain, discomfort and a “stuffed” feeling, but it can also make you look heavier and give the perception of large amounts of belly fat, which is a problem especially for women.
Here are 6 proven ways to reduce or eliminate bloating.
Compresses and wrapping
Body wraps are popular procedures (but not accredited by physicians) that, in theory, would reduce inflammation locally. No studies have been performed and no beneficial effects are registered officially, but many patients apply compresses with castor oil or wrap their belly in food wrap – similar to weight lose body wraps.
If you are curious about the results, you can try them out.
Diuretic teas are a well-known remedy, but you need to pay close attention to combinations and quantities. Because trying to solve the bloating problem, you can face another one, like diarrhea. Doctors recommend green tea because it doesn’t cause as many adverse effects as medicinal plants.
Too little rest can be, among other causes, the main culprit for bloating. If you do not sleep enough, the digestive system does not have time to regulate all the functions, and the intestines can’t finish their work. Try to sleep 8 hours per night and don’t eat anything after 19:00.
The air swallowed
Bloating can also be favored by the air we swallow involuntarily. Maybe it sounds weird, but we swallow air when we drink liquids with the straw, when we eat too fast and when we chew gum. Take care of such activities and you’ll eliminate one of the causes of bloating.
Smaller and frequent meals
If we stiff our stomach with a very large amount of food suddenly, the digestion process will last longer, and the fermentation of food can cause gas. When not properly removed, these gases remain in the intestines and they even go back into the stomach, hence the “balloon” aspect.
Foods that cause bloating
Brussels cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are among the vegetables that cause intestinal gas. Avoid them as much as possible, as well as carbohydrates in any form. Eat a Greek yogurt per day because it will ensure the optimization of the gastric flora.