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How to Beat the Belly Bloat

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Apr 20, 2016
How to Beat the Belly Bloat

Although many people tend to look at gas or bloating as a slight nuance, it can unknowingly be tied to a much larger health issue. For women who experience both symptoms, the two are synonymously linked to indigestion. Unfortunately, feeling bloated can drastically trigger our moods due to a sense of sluggishness, lack of energy, or far worse, the mixed emotions of feeling unappealing. We have all experienced the snugness in our clothes because of bloating or that awkward moment wishing you were able to escape at the nearest exit due to a severe case of the stomach blues [gas].

Let’s examine the underlying causes, as well as a few ways that can potentially alleviate the uncomfortable, painful, and at times, embarrassing moments when we experience gas or bloating.

Proper digestion begins in the mouth, therefore, eating your food either too quickly or not chewing it all the way through can lead to the unfortunate consequence of indigestion. It is important to chew slowly and thoroughly for your body to properly absorb the nutrients. By properly chewing food you also ensure your food is in good condition to correctly move into the next phase of digestion.

Don’t allow your late night cravings to get the best of you! Eating late at night can cause a series of events that can ultimately affect your day-to-day, including interrupted sleep, headaches, morning fatigue, and a stomach bloat as soon as you’re ready to rise and shine. A large late night dinner makes it much more difficult for your body to optimally digest the substances which further causes your liver to work in overdrive.

Photo Credit: Shutter Stock
Photo Credit: Shutter Stock

Uncooked beans are a gas explosion waiting to happen [and I mean this literally]. If you are cooking beans, then it is best that you rinse and soak the night before. Not only does this significantly soften the beans but also tremendously reduces cooking time. Allow your beans to cook on medium heat with a secured lid until they are edible enough to melt in your mouth. Meaning, they are soft enough to break apart or eat without a massive amount of effort.

Avoid the quick temptation of a sugar rush with carbonated drinks. The sugar and caffeine lead to an obvious case of gas and bloating. Luckily, it usually only lasts for a couple of hours. As an alternative, add a little pizazz to your water with natural ingredients such as berries, lemons, or mint. Mhm, yum!

Hopefully, these pointers will help you in your quest to eliminate the gas and belly swell. A few additional tips to keep a watchful eye for foods that include too much sodium, improper food combinations, and drinking an excessive amount of water or liquids with each of your meals.