If there is anything that can slay the happiest of your moods, it’s the feeling of having swallowed a pumpkin, and the sight of your swollen up tummy as if you’re into your second trimester of pregnancy. It may be blamed on something that you ate, or just because you’re constipated. Women tend to experience this just before (or during) “that” time of the month as their bodies begin retaining fluids, but there are certainly a few measures you can take in order to prevent this troubled feeling of carrying a balloon in your stomach.
Adding potassium rich food items like bananas, spinach and nuts to your diet is highly recommended as they help in keeping the fluid balance in your body. Careful intake of difficult-to-digest items like beans and lentils is also important. Things like whole wheat or starch-containing foods like cabbage, carrots and apricots might be known for their beneficial qualities, but they too play a part in causing gassiness and uncomfortable bloating.
This might be a little difficult if you follow the “live to eat” philosophy instead of the “eat to live” one, but the consequences are worth every single struggle you put in. You eat, you feel full. You overeat, you bloat. It’s as simple as that. So managing your meal size can do wonders to how you feel afterwards.
I’m sorry if it sounded offensive, but what I actually meant was to stop using your mouth for unnecessary reasons, like chewing gum or consuming aerated drinks. While the former results in excessive swallowing of air, the latter has a high content of gas in itself. In addition to this, even acts like sipping fluids through a straw and smoking are linked to intake of unnecessary air. Half of the air in the intestinal tract is swallowed, so taking precautions and cutting it down to a lower volume can be the first step to a healthier abdomen.
There are many food allergies which can cause or aggravate this condition. If you are suffering from excessive bloating, it is advisable to get yourselves tested for conditions like lactose or fructose intolerances as ignoring them can lead to further severe problems.
If you already are suffering from this uneasiness, there are a few things you can do:
- Pop in a few fennel seeds in your mouth or make a tea out of it. It is said to be very useful to overcome the uncomfortable bloat feeling.
- Bloating is primarily caused by the excess gas trapped in the abdomen area, for whose release, it is advised to indulge in 5-10 minutes of deep abdomen breathing preferably while lying on one’s side.
- Saving the best for the last, a quick workout consisting of a few jumping sets followed by some twists can get your juices running and help incredibly in removing the gas from the places it is stuck. In the end, nothing beats a simple brisk walk after heavy meals.
The causes vary from person to person. Neither the same precaution, nor the cure works for all people alike. It’s all about experimenting and understanding what best suits your body.