5 Natural Ways to Deal with Ex-Holiday Bloating


Do you ever feel a bit "overextended" in the belly after a meal? Perhaps "gassy?" Have you ever carried a "food baby?"

Well, bloating is common. Up to 25-30% of people experience it regularly. It happens when you have trouble digesting. The symptoms come from excess gas, reactions to food, or food not moving through you as well as it could.


There are many reasons you might experience these symptoms. Maybe because of a serious condition (disease), or a food allergy or intolerance (what you eat). It can also result from how you eat.

If you have a serious digestive issue like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), then make sure you eat accordingly. Same goes if you know certain foods give you gas. Simple avoid them.

If you're already doing those things, and still experience bloating, here are some great tips for dealing with it naturally.

1 - Don't overeat

If you overeat at a meal, then you'll feel bigger around the mid-section. You'll feel more pressure in your abdomen. Plus, you're giving you digestive system a hard time. It's better to eat until you feel almost full and not overindulge. Grab an extra snack or small meal throughout the day if you have to. Just don't over-stuff in one sitting.

2 - Avoid sugar alcohols

Sugar alcohols are low-calorie sweeteners made from sugars. In an ingredients list, they end in "-ol," and include things like sorbitol, xylitol, and erythritol. They're found in some chewing gums and sugar-free foods. Some people experience bloating after eating foods with thee. So, try avoiding them and see if that helps you.

3 - Avoid swallowing air

Sometimes the gas that causes pressure in your digestive system is from swallowing air. Things like carbonated drinks are the biggest culprit here. You can also swallow air when you chew gum or dring through a straw, so try ditching these.

You can also swallow air when eating too quickly or while talking. Which leads me to....

4 -Eat slower, more mindfully, and less stressed

Eating too fast isn't doing your digestive system any favors. You can help the food move along by chewing it thoroughly and slowing down your eating habits. Be mindful and help enjoy the time you are spending eating your meals. Savour them.

The feeling of stress can also cause increased bloating. Stress-reducing techniques can help improve your digestion. Try mediating or deep breathing (but not while you're eating..:)

5 - Try peppermint

Peppermint oil has been shown to improve bloating, It's though to increase transit time by relaxing the stomach muscles and increasing the flow of bile. Try steeping fresh peppermint leaves, or a peppermint tea bag, and drink it slowly. See if that helps reduce your symptoms.

Conclusion:

There are a bunch of natural ways to deal with bloating.

First, avoid it by not eating things that give you gas or aggravate a digestive issue. Try not to overeat, consume sugar alcohols, or swallow air. Also, eating more mindfully and reducing stress can help too. Finally, if you are experiencing bloating. enjoy a cup of peppermint tea.

If you do all of these, and still experience bloating, then you may have a food intolerance; this could be from an allergy or intolerance. If you have a major concern, then please see your doctor. Your doctor can help to rule out a serious and/or chronic condition.

If you are looking for answers to the above issues, please feel free to check out my website, www.symplicitywellness.com. You will see I refer to you digestive system as a garden. What goes into your garden (digestion system) will create the end results to your health. I would be glad to help you find the answers to your health issues.

Recipe (peppermint): Peppermint Mocha Creamer

1- can coconut milk


1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened

2 tbsp. cacao powder, unsweetened

1/2 tsp peppermint extract or essential oil (food-grade and safe for internal use)

3 tbsp. honey or maple syrup (optional)

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined.

Store in a sealed container in you refrigerator

Serve & Enjoy!

Tip: While the non-peppermint ingredients in this creamer may or may not be "de-bloating" for you, try these ideas too:

  • Grow peppermint yourself;

  • Chew on the fresh leaves; and/or

  • Steep them for tea.

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References:

https://www.authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-ways-to-reduce-bloating

https://www.dietvsdisease.org/how-to-get-rid-0f-bloating/

https://www.precisonnutrition.com/fix-gut-fix-health

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