You wake up one morning and your favorite pair of pants just refuses to button up. You feel dejected and get on your weight machine. But, the problem may not be that you have put on weight, it could be attributed to some plain and simple bloating.
One of the main reasons for bloating is that you may have a slow digestive system, but the good news is that there are ways to treat this problem and they are listed below:
Constipation can cause bloating, and therefore to treat this problem, you should have a breakfast that is filled with the goodness of breakfast cereal that has lots of fiber. You could choose to opt for insoluble and soluble fiber cereals.
Try and steam your veggies before you eat them. Raw carrots and steamed carrots offer the same amount of nutrition, but steamed veggies will help prevent bloating.
Stay off Spices
Instead of using super hot spices like chili powder, pepper, vinegar and hot sauces, choose to use dried herbs like dill, mint, basil, sage, rosemary and tarragon. Spicy foods tend to release stomach acid that causes irritation and bloating.
A few sugars that induce bloating are xylitol, sorbitol and mannitol are found in sodas, if you want to prevent bloating, you should definitely avoid these.
Cut the carbs
If you do not exercise a lot, you could afford to cut down on some carbs. The muscles of one’s body, use a type of carb known as glycogen for energy. An each gram of this glycogen is stored with three grams of water. Try and reduce your consumption of high carb foods like pasta, pretzels and bagels to help reduce water retention.
Moving can help you release air that is trapped in the GI tract. It helps release pressure, and also bloating.
Stay Clear of Acids
Juice, tea and coffee are all high acid drinks and can cause bloating by irritating the GI Tract. Avoid these, especially on the days, you feel like a balloon.
It is also advisable that you speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist to learn what foods can help you prevent bloating. Depending on your body type and lifestyle, they will prescribe you a diet that will truly help. A homeopath too can help you with some natural remedies that allow you to feel better on days that simply make you feel bloated.