10 Ways to Beat Bloating and Deflate Puffy Belly

Mar 28, 2014

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    Beating Bloat

    We all often have the feeling of being bloated or the digestive complaints of belching. It doesn't always mean that there is something wrong with your digestive system. We shy away to mention it to health-care providers but the good news is that there are many ways you can deal with puffy and uncomfortable tummy. (Image source:Getty)

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    Keep Away from Offenders

    Wheat or gluten and dairy products are the foremost reasons behind bloating. When you are feeling bloated, it is better to eat less of the culprit food or cut it out completely. Beans, onions, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are among other foods to cause bloating. (Image source:Getty)

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    Pay Attention to Body’s Reaction to Foods

    You need to pay attention to how your body reacts to certain foods. Note everything that troubles you. If you find out that a certain food is making you bloated, you should consider reducing your intake or substituting them completely. (Image source:Getty)

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    Eat the Right Way

    When you eat your food right, you are less likely to feel bloated. You must always wait at least 3 hours in between meals. Chew your food well and don’t talk while chewing. (Image source:Getty)

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    Natural Remedies

    Chewing on fennel seeds or sipping mint tea are the remedies for decreasing gas and bloating. To prepare fennel tea, add one teaspoon of crushed fennel seed to one cup of water in a pot. Boil, cover and steep it for 10 to 15 minutes. (Image source:Getty)

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    Try Digestion Stimulating Foods

    Add digestion stimulating spices such as black pepper, ginger, and cumin in your dishes. You can also chew on a slice of ginger with lime juice or lemon 20 minutes before a meal.  Take probiotics regularly, particularly when you were on antibiotics recently. (Image source:Getty)

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    Improve your Bowel Function

    If you often feel bloated, you must try to improve your bowel function. A fibre-rich diet, lots of fluids and regular exercise can bring a positive change for you. (Image source:Getty)

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    Brisk Walk

    Brisk walk has many benefits; one of them is to decrease bloating. Bloating is a result of the body's digestion breaking down and moving around can help dispel gas that is trapped in the digestive tract. Brisk walk (for at least 10 minutes) increases blood circulation to release gas. (Image source:Getty)

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    Alternative therapies, including yoga, can ease excessive gas. Child’s pose, wind-relieving pose, supta vajrasana and peacock poses are some of the yoga techniques that help release the wind. (Image source:Getty)

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    Bloating is more likely to affect you when you are anxious, stressed or worried. According to aromatherapy, the reason behind bloating is vata imbalance. Vata balancing essential oil, including peppermint, orange, cinnamon and basil will help you find relief. (Image source:Getty)

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    Get Checked

    If your bloating symptoms persist, consult your physician. Irritable bowel syndrome could be the reason behind you are feeling bloated. Besides an increase in frequency, bloating accompanied by weight loss, diarrhoea, vomiting or heartburn must be reported. (Image source:Getty)