Gas and bloating is uncomfortable. The food and liquid you consume takes up space in your stomach which naturally expands, but if that food gives off gases or takes a long time to digest you get bloat. These are some things you can try when your jeans won’t zip up over your bloated belly.
1 Avoid Fizzy Drinks
2 Avoid Drinking through a Straw
Using a straw to drink will make you swallow extra air that will cause bloating.
3 Avoid High-Acid Drinks
Tea, coffee, alcohol, hot cocoa, and acidic fruit juices irritate your gastrointestinal tract. Avoid them.
4 Say No to Gassy Veggies
Avoid veggies like broccoli, beans, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and others with complex carbohydrate Raffinose to prevent bloating.
5 Eat and Drink Slowly
Drinking or eating too fast will make you swallow more air that gets trapped in your digestive system and leads to bloating.
6 Avoid Milk
Say no to cow’s milk if you are lactose intolerant because undigested lactose can cause gas, cramping, and bloating.
7 Cut down on Dietary Fiber
Dietary fiber may help with constipation but too much of it will cause bloating by slowing the movement of gas through the bowels.
8 Eat Smaller Meals
9 Limit Your Alcohol Intake
10 Eat Fewer Spicy Foods
Avoid foods seasoned with nutmeg, black pepper, hot sauce, cloves, mustard or garlic to avoid bloating.
11 Avoid the Sugar Substitutes
Sugar substitutes such as manitol, xylitol, maltitol, or erhthritol found in cookies, gum, snack bars etc., stay in your stomach longer and cause abdominal distention and bloating.
12 Drink Plenty of Water
13 Limit Your Salt Intake
14 Go for a Post-Meal Walk
Walk for at least 5 minutes after a nice meal to get rid of any air trapped in your digestive tract.
15 Reduce Your Intake of Bulky Raw Foods
Eat cooked vegetables instead of bulky raw foods that take a lot more space in your tummy.
16 Say No to Caffeine
17 Don't Eat Fatty Food
18 Eat More Potassium-Rich Foods
Foods like white beans, tomatoes, spinach, bananas, nuts, papayas, and kiwis are rich in potassium that causes your kidneys to excrete sodium to reduce fluid retention and prevent bloating.
19 Avoid Hard Candy and Chewing Gum
Sucking on hard candy or chewing gum makes you swallow more air and causes bloating.
20 Treat Weak Intestinal/Stomach Muscles
Weak or poorly functioning intestinal muscles will find it difficult to transport air through the digestive tract. Talk to your doctor for a treatment option.
21 Try Natural Remedies
22 Treat Acid Reflux
GERD or acid reflux makes you swallow extra air that is the reason why you feel bloated after a meal.
23 Eat Balanced Meals
24 Manage Stress Levels
25 Take Calcium Supplements
Calcium will help when your abdominal fullness and bloating is due to premenstrual syndrome. Try a supplement with calcium as well as vitamin B6 and magnesium to reduce fluid retention and bloating.
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