Posted by: Jaena | October 21, 2012

Tips on Finding Relief from Bloating

As we read earlier, bloating can be uncomfortable, irritating and just unpleasant.  Here are some tips on how to find relief.

1) Get regular exercise (bet. 30-60 minutes) 4-5 x a week. This increases circulation and can help offset hormonal imbalance and relieve bloating.

2) Eating smaller and more frequent meals rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Foods that contain certain probiotics or good bacteria naturally found in the digestive tract such as lactobacillus acidophilus can help your body break down food which speeds it through the digestive tract (for example, an 8 oz. serving of yogurt).

3) Limit the amount of sugar, salt, coffee, tea and soft drinks.  Also limiting stimulants such as chocolate and alcohol can reduce water retention.

4) Chew slowly while eating. This can reduce the intake of air which in turn eliminates excess gas and bloating. 

5) Drink herbal teas such as ginger, peppermint, chamomile, etc. These help calm the digestive tract.

6) Lastly, cut down on fatty, fried, high fat foods.  It slows down the amount of time it takes the body to break down excess fat causing it to linger in the digestive tract longer.

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