Sometimes the culprit is obvious (hello, Aunt Flo and last night’s burrito! – too much information?), but other times your “unhealthy” habits are the cause. Read on for reasons your belly can balloon—plus advice on how to deflate it fast.
After consuming heavy meals, many people complain of their bloated belly. This condition is quite common and rather unpleasant.
Many physicians believe that bloating could be gas that is trapped in the stomach. This condition is associated with the dietary habits, which means that you can improve your condition by introducing healthy eating habits.
Here are several common factors that cause bloating, and once you learn how to distinguish them, you will be able to relieve your condition:
♦ Insufficient water intake
Dehydration is a major cause of numerous health problems. Excessive consumption of coffee and alcohol only contributes to the problem. When was the last time you had 6-8 glasses of water during the day?
When the body lacks water, it uses the liquids from its tissues, which means that bloating may appear as a result of fluid retention. So, try to drink more water.
Constipation is a rather unpleasant issue, and it indicates that you need more fiber-rich foods. The gasses that remain trapped behind the feces will not stand still for a long time, you know.
Eat your fiber gradually, otherwise you will only make the problem even worse. Buy whole grain bread, and stay away from white bread. Indulge in smoothies and berries. Sounds delicious, right?
♦ Chronic stress
Believe it or not, stress may cause bloating. When you are under stress, your digestive system fails to perform its function properly. Your bloating may be caused by constipation and stomach ache. So, try to free yourself from the negative emotions, and you will solve your problem for good.
♦ Eating too fast
Partially chewed food is slowly digested, and you get bloated. Simple as that. So, take small bites, and chew them well.
Excessive consumption of carbs may contribute to your bloated belly. Consider eating low-carb foods, and cut off your sugar intake and alcohol. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies.
SMOOTHIE REMEDY FOR BLOATED STOMACH
- 3 stalks organic celery
- 1 ripe organic banana
- 1 large organic cucumber, sliced
- 1-inch piece organic ginger, peeled and sliced
- ½ cup organic coconut water
- 1 tbsp. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
- 4-5 cubes of ice
Add all the ingredients into your blender and blend till smooth.
This smoothie is filled with electrolytes and super-hydrating. Throw a little vegan protein powder in the mix to make it into a great post-workout smoothie.
WHY DOES IT WORK?
Although each ingredient makes a contribution, there are a couple star players worth highlighting.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This stuff is no joke for reducing excessive gas and bloating. It is potent. However, to some, it throws the taste off slightly. So if your bloat isn’t serious, you can omit it and let the other ingredients rise to the occasion.
Banana: Too much salt causes water retention around the abdominal area. Foods rich in potassium, such as bananas, help fight bloating caused by salty foods. While salt invites water into the cells, potassium drives it out. Unripe bananas contain resistant starch, which can cause gas and bloating, so be sure to use ripe bananas!
Celery: This natural diuretic helps relieve water retention. When buying celery, opt for organically grown produce whenever possible.
Ginger: One of the best digestive aids around, it works on a few levels. It soothes and relaxes the digestive system muscles. Ginger also contains zingibain, a protein digestive enzyme, which is particularly effective at reducing bloating and gas caused by protein-rich foods. It is also anti-inflammatory.