How to Prevent Bloating Naturally
With Christmas approaching, we all want to know what to do to combat that Christmas bloating.
We have all experienced some form of bloating, where our stomach feels stretched, sore and uncomfortable. There are many reasons that your stomach might feel bloated, but common causes include; excess wind; constipation; swallowing too much air; coeliac disease; food intolerance; or irritable bowel syndrome.
The good thing is though, there are many natural remedies that you can try at home that will help to relieve the symptoms of a bloated stomach.
Make a drink with fennel seeds:
Fennel seeds are effective at relieving bloating, mainly when they are eaten at the end of the meal, as it can help to reduce any excess gas that you might be suffering from, which as we know is a common reason for bloating.
You can either chew on some fennel seeds, or if this does not appeal, you can make yourself some fennel tea which is just as effective. Simply place crushed or whole seeds into a cup of boiling water, and steep for ten minutes, before drinking.
Sip on some lemon water:
Lemon juice will help to stimulate the digestive enzymes and help to speed up the process of what is happening in your gut, which in turn will help to reduce bloating.
This is so easy to make at home and is great if you are suffering from bloating caused by consuming too much salt. This is because the lemon water can help to flush out any extra sodium which will reduce the swelling in your face, hands, ankles and abdomen.
Avoid drinking too much coffee:
We are continually being told that drinking too much coffee is bad for our health, and this is the case for bloating because the coffee will increase the acid production, which will irritate your stomach and increase bloating.
Don’t panic, as you do not have to give it up altogether, but you should try and limit yourself to just one cup of coffee a day if you want to beat the bloat.
Eat some ginger:
Ginger has so many health benefits, and preventing bloating is just one of them. This is because it has strong anti-inflammatory properties which will help to relax your stomach muscles, thus reducing bloating.
You can steep some thin slices of fresh ginger in boiling water for ten minutes before adding a squeeze of honey and drinking, or you can chew on small pieces of ginger if you can stomach it. Alternatively, you can also take ginger root as a supplement, which is also effective at reducing bloating.
Acupuncture is a great natural remedy to many different health complaints. Research has suggested that it can significantly help to ease any inflammation that you might have in your digestive tract, which can result in bloating.
Acupuncture works by re-regulating the correct flow of energy in the body, which can then help; to settle the stomach and calm conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, which can often lead to bloating.
Learn some simple yoga moves:
Yoga is a great way to beat bloating, and there are a few simple moves that you can learn that will help to ease the bloating and reduce the pain that is associated with it.
Try lying on your back and hugging your knees into your chest. move your knees to one side, at the same time that you let your head fall to the opposite side. This is a simple, but effective move that can help to reduce the bloat. Try holding this move for a few minutes at a time for maximum results.
Snack on a banana:
Bananas are packed full of fibre, which is a great thing to include in your diet when you are feeling bloated. It will help with digestion and bowel movements, and ripe bananas contain potassium which will reduce any bloating that you are suffering from.
Just stick to eating one at a time though, as more than one could cause constipation, which comes with a lot of bloating.
Reduce your dairy intake:
Lactose intolerance is incredibly common, and one of the main symptoms is bloating. As we reach adulthood, it is incredibly difficult to break down cow’s milk, and other dairy products, with can all result in a bloated stomach.
If you are feeling bloated more often than not, try eliminating dairy for six weeks, as you might be surprised to find that your bloating disappears altogether.