How to reduce belly bloat

Ever wondered why your waistline looks slimmer in the morning but heavy and fatty later into the day. The tummy that looked flat in the morning suddenly looks ‘pregnant’ by midday. A puffed up stomach is certainly an unpleasant feeling and physically uncomfortable. It is actually a gaseous condition in your digestive system which visibly protrudes your stomach. This condition is defined as belly bloating.

Read on to know the causes and tips on how to reduce belly bloat?

Food Triggers

It can be caused due to many factors, but sensitivity to gluten or a carbohydrate trigger primarily causes the belly bloat. Eating a lot of gluten (mostly bread, or cereals made from rye, wheat, bran) in breakfast and food with high carbohydrates in lunch puffs up your belly.

Certain fatty foods take longer to digest and remain in your intestine, creating gasses, leading to constipation, and irregular bowel movements, eventually bloating your belly.

Other foods that can cause bloating are dairy products (due to lactose intolerance), processed foods, cruciferous vegetables, sweeteners, foods with high sodium, carbonated water, and soda.

Avoid Foods With High Sodium

Many of us snack on foods with too much sodium. A salty meal retains water and causes bloating. Opt for foods that contain less than 14 % sodium. Processed foods have a lot of sodium, so always check the percentage on the nutritional column.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking plenty of water is an age old remedy for constipation. Water stimulates your digestive system and keeps things moving in the intestines, helping you to get a regular bowel movement.

Get Moving

Cardio exercises like walking are very important for your health and well-being. 20 minutes of walk every day, not only gets your body moving but your bowels too which help keep your belly from bloating.

Eat A Banana Everyday

Potassium is necessary for maintaining the water balance in your body. Sodium retains water whereas, potassium counter balances that. So if you’ve had a salty lunch, snack on a banana later to get that potassium power.

Eat Slowly

Some of us have a habit of gorging on food real fast. Eating your food too fast won’t let your mechanisms work and tell your brain that you are full, so you end up eating more than required. You also gulp down large quantities of air when you do that, which causes gas retention in your digestive system.

Say Yes To Caffeine

There is no denying the fact that we all grab caffeine to wake us up in the morning. But some of us also need it early morning for the need to go to the loo. Coffee or tea stimulates the digestive process and helps moving things in our intestines more quickly. So if you haven’t had any bowel movement entire day, grab a cup of coffee or tea for the caffeine trigger.

You may also like to read: Benefits of Drinking Tea Over Coffee

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