How to reduce stomach bloating
Is it just me, or does bloating always seem to pop up at incredibly inconvenient times? Like when you want to go out dancing or wear a cute high-waisted pencil skirt? And it’s not just the bulging belly that puts a downer on things - bloating can also be really uncomfortable. So if you suffer from random bouts of bloating, here are some tips to prevent them in the future.
#1 Give up gum
The next time you need to freshen your breath, opt for a mint instead of chewing gum. It might sound strange, but when you chew gum, you’re also swallowing air, which can make the stomach expand.
#2 Avoid artificial sweeteners
Trying to kick your sugar habit? That’s great, but steer clear of artificial sweeteners - they’re known to cause bloating. According to Sheila Zhou, expert Scientist at USANA, the chemical compounds in artificial sweeteners are linked to digestive complaints. Stick to more natural sweeteners, like honey.
#3 Sip on tummy-soothing teas
Not already a tea drinker? You may want to start sipping for the sake of your stomach. Herbal teas (like peppermint and ginger) are particularly good at relaxing the digestive system, easing discomfort and helping air to pass through quicker. And ginger tea also helps with nausea.
#4 Take your time
I am definitely guilty of scoffing down my food before the plate even hits the table. If that sounds familiar, try slowing things down a bit. Taking your time to eat will reduce the amount of air you swallow and give your body more time to digest properly.
#5 Go bananas
Foods that are high in salt can lead to bloating, so it’s a good idea to up your intake of potassium-rich foods (like bananas) to combat the effects. Potassium helps to balance and circulate body fluids, and encourages nutrients to move throughout your body after a meal. Not a fan of bananas? Potatoes, spinach, citrus fruits and asparagus are also high in potassium.
#6 Get a massage (or DIY)
Massaging the abdominal area can help to relax your muscles, support the intestines and stimulate bowel activity. So the next time your belly feels like it’s about to burst, give it a rub - or ask your partner to treat you to a massage. Just maybe do it at home to avoid strange looks...
#7 Squeeze in a stroll
If things aren’t moving, YOU may need to get moving! Even just going for a ten-minute walk can kick-start the digestive process and reduce stomach discomfort. For those of you with a desk job, sitting at a computer all day doesn’t help, so aim for a quick stroll during your lunch break.
Do you ever get bloated? Have you ever tried any of the above tips?