Having a bloated tummy can be annoying and extremely uncomfortable, especially when you are in the office and don’t have access to the appropriate medication. However, there are simple things you can do to relieve the bloating that will help you feel better within a short span of time. Here are six ways to get rid of a bloated tummy quickly and easily.
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Start your day with lemon water
Some people have raved about the benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning. While research hasn’t backed the claims up, there certainly is no harm in trying, especially if you are not a fan of plain water. Getting in more fluids will help flush out excess salt, a cause of bloat. And lemon helps give you a vitamin C boost.
Drink unsweetened green tea
Packed with antioxidants, green tea promotes digestion and releases gas from the digestive tract. What’s more, the caffeine in green tea will keep you awake if you’re starting to feel sleepy from eating a heavy meal! Total win!
Snack on ginger
A potent digestive aid, ginger can alleviate bloating and gas in your belly and relief your stomach lining of any inflammation too. Ginger contains digestive enzymes that boost your body’s production of digestive fluids as well. In a small study, participants who consumed a small amount of ginger powder before drinking soup emptied their stomachs 50 per cent faster than those who did not.
Sip warm water with cayenne pepper
This wonder tonic helps to debloat fast! Cayenne pepper has a compound called capsaicin that helps to increase the amount of digestive juices in your stomach, quickly reducing bloating caused by overeating. Mix a tiny pinch into your drink to quick relief.
Go for a walk
A fast and easy way to reduce bloating is to go for a quick walk right after eating. Walking helps to stimulate the digestive system to encourage it to process food faster. It’ll also move gas along your digestive tract so you don’t feel so uncomfortable all the time.
Stretch it out
If you’ve got some space (or an empty meeting room), consider stretching to reduce the discomfort caused by bloating. Some experts believe that certain yoga poses like happy baby and child’s pose can have a calming effect on different people.
Text: Atika Lim / Shape / January 2019
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