Have you ever felt like your body is unable to digest your food after eating a meal? Feeling like there is a balloon stuck in your stomach? People refer to this as “feeling bloated” and it can be such a terrible feeling! Feeling bloated in the stomach can be caused by several different factors:
Food and drinks
There are many different foods that can cause a bloated feeling. Some foods are harder to digest, which causes our bodies to work harder to break down the nutrients. Sensitivity for specific foods can also be a cause. Below is an overview of foods that can cause bloating:
– Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, oxheart cabbage and kale
– Stone fruit
– Onions and garlic
– Beans, lentils, soya beans and peas
– Wheat, barley and rye
– Salty foods
– Carbonated drinks
Sometimes feeling bloated has nothing to do with the food you ate. It can also be caused b your menstrual cycle. Feeling bloated right before your menstruation is completely normal. During this phase your hormones are very out of balance, which can lead to fluid retention, swelling and a bloated feeling.
How do you get rid of a bloated feeling?
Thankfully, there are several natural ways to get rid of feeling bloated:
– Tea (Peppermint tea, Chamomile tea and Ginger tea). These types of tea can help when bloating is caused by your menstrual cycle.
– Fruits and Vegetables (asparagus, avocado, banana, kiwi, orange, lemon, papaya, seeds, caraway seeds, fennel seeds, activated charcoal, probiotics)
How do you prevent feeling bloated?
We can all experience bloating sometimes. However, there are some ways to prevent it. It can be done by making small chances that will make a huge difference.
Chew your food well.
Take your time chewing your food. If your food is easy to digest, it will create less gas.
Drink a lot of water.
Water doesn’t just hydrate you, but it also helps with digestion!
Drink warm lemon water.
Drink a warm glass of lemon water every morning on an empty stomach. This will help with indigestion.
Going for a nice 30-minute jog every day can make a world of difference for your digestive system.
Don’t keep in your gas.
This last piece of advice is one of the simplest tips, but it is also the most effective. If you hold your gas, the gas will get stuck inside your bowels. Once you pass gas, you will feel much better.