How to reduce bloating
Oh honey! you, me and probably every other human being on the planet, has experienced bloating at one point or another. Some feel bloated after a heavy meal, for others it happens after every meal and sometimes it seems like it happens for absolutely no reason! Hate me if you like, but I’m here to tell you that if your tummy is acting up, it probably has good reason! ‘But why God? Why me?’ It’s simple, “bloating occurs if your intestines are unable to properly break down and digest certain foods or when you swallow excess air while eating or drinking.” The solution? Be mindful of what you eat and how you eat. Swallowing excess air happens most often when eating in a hurry and attempting to talk while chewing. So, what can you do to keep Bloating at bay? Here’s a few tips:
If you’ve noticed Bloating after a big meal, attempt to consciously enjoy each bite of your food. This helps you to eat slowly and relish the taste of the food. It also gives your stomach enough time to signal when it is full, so you can avoid overeating. If like me, you have a tendency to overdo it with the butter chicken *read - rich, heavy food*, then here’s what I want you to do; keep your portions small and pause after each serving to consciously evaluate how full you are. This way you still eat everything you love, just in a more manageable quantity. In fact, both these rules are great to follow even if you don’t suffer from bloating.
On most days you will feel much better by just drinking a glass or two of water. Yes, it has to be water; not fizzy sodas or carbonated drinks. As much as you may love your glass of pop, it is best to avoid it when you feel bloated.
CURATE YOUR MENU
First off, identify which foods cause you to bloat. Steer clear of difficult-to-digest foods like beans or gas inducing vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower. For some even whole grains can be difficult to digest, resulting in gassiness and bloating. Now for you guys with food allergies, you’re not alone. In fact, more and more people are developing dairy, gluten, nut allergies these days. It is possible for you to develop and allergy to a food you could previously consume without a problem. It is important for you to keep track of your food intake so you can identify exactly what is causing you to bloat.
IMPROVE YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Apart from being careful about your food intake and staying hydrated, strengthening your digestive system is the single most important thing that will help you to reduce bloating. How, you ask? The bacteria that live in your gut are vital to the digestion process. Keeping them happy will keep you and your tummy happy.
To this end it is vital to include foods good for gut health in your daily diet. This includes foods like Mulethi which has active compounds glycyrrhizin and carbenoxolone that helps relieve constipation, stomach discomfort and other stomach problems. Indian Triphala has been shown to helps with regular bowel movement. Foods like Matcha promote the growth of good bacteria and reduce inflammation of the bowels. Together with a few other odds and ends, they form the holy grail for a healthy gut and regular bowel movements.
You know what else has Mulethi and Triphala along with other goodies like Jeera, Ginger, Ashoka Root? Our Happy Gut mix of course! One little teaspoon each day will keep you and your tummy healthy, happy and bloat free! Do you have any other quick fixes for your tummy troubles? We’d love to hear from you!