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6 Simple Tricks To Stop Belly Bloating

6 Simple Tricks To Stop Belly Bloating

Have you ever felt as if you gained twenty pounds after a meal? I have always wondered myself; “where did I get this food baby?”

But, little did I know, bloating is a common occurrence for most people. For me, it is not a pleasant feeling and I had to do my research on how to get rid of bloating fast! Here are 6 easy and simple tricks I found that can help you reduce your bloated feeling and get the flat stomach you’ve been wanting.

1. Cut Back On “Sugar Free” Products

sugar free gum for bloating

    Eating healthy and cutting back on candies, drinks and other foods that contain artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol and aspartame, can help reduce bloating. Artificial sweeteners cause bloating because these additives can’t be digested.

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    Fructose is another additive to look out for. Fructose is a natural sugar added to many processed foods, which is also difficult for many people to digest. Many sugar free gums and other foods contain artificial sweeteners to make up for the “sugar free.”  Be aware, that just because it says, sugar free, doesn’t necessarily mean it is healthy for you.

    Stick to drinking more green tea and water instead of sugar-free sodas too!

    2. Don’t Eat in a Hurry

    eating in a hurry

      This trick is something I always forget to keep in mind! When you chew your food quickly, you tend to swallow a a lot of ‘gas producing air’ at the same time.  Also, you can end up not chewing food as much as you should. As a result, large pieces of food sit uncomfortably in your gut.

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      When we chew our foods slowly, we are increasing the amount of saliva and enzymes that are mixed into the food to begin digesting it. Digestion starts in the mouth. Most people forget this! I’m a sucker for eating during my lunch break with a sandwich in one hand and my cell phone in the other hand. If you have been eating your food too fast with very little chewing, there is a possibility that there could be some inflammation somewhere in your gastrointestinal tract because of it.

      Try slowing down while eating and chewing. This will help produce more saliva to aid the healing of your GI tract. Taking a little extra time to enjoy your meals might just save a lot of discomfort later on.

      3. Watch The Raw Vegetables

      Although cooked vegetables are great to add to a healthy breakfast, raw vegetables and produce can be difficult for your body to break down. According to The University of Chicago, many vegetables contain raffinose or starch, which can also cause excess gas, and bloating.

      Raw vegetables are high in enzymes which are said to aid digestion. However, many of your digestive systems are too weak to digest raw vegetables in spite of all their natural enzymes. Yes, raw foods do contain great enzymes, but raw vegetables also contain cellulose.Cellulose is a fiber that is poorly digested by humans. In order to break cellulose down, humans require the enzyme called; cellulase which is produced by intestinal bacteria. These enzymes break down cellulose fiber into blood sugar.

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      Steaming or cooking your vegetables can help with your bloating too!

      4. Don’t Freak Out

      panicking about bloating

        We all have stress hormones and they can affect your digestive system. Stress hormones speed everything up in your body.

        Kristi King, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says: “You may experience gas and diarrhea, which can cause bloating, when stressed.” She suggests that when you’re anxious, try getting up and going for a walk to move the bubbles out of your tummy and relax your nerves.

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        Anxiety and stress also shuts down a part of your brain that handles digesting the foods you eat. Stress itself puts a great deal of pressure on your stomach and your abdomen. This can also lead to your hormones being upset and leave you with neurotransmitter imbalance. All of this may create an environment where foods that could normally be digested easily end up being digested poorly, leading to the creation of gas and bloating.

        5. Exercise Often

        exercise to stop bloating

          It is also important to follow simple exercises. Regular practice of specific physical exercises may be helpful in relieving bloating. Lack of physical activity can result in constipation and cause you to experience abdominal bloating. So be sure to start working out regularly if you don’t already.

          6. Get Tested

          Chronic bloating and gas can be caused by an intolerance to lactose or fructose absorption. This is a sensitivity to the sugars found in milk, or to fructose, a sugar found in fruit juice, table sugar, and high fructose corn syrup.

          It’s important to get tested if you have reoccurring symptoms of bloating. Getting tested for reoccurring symptoms will give you a better understanding of what is going on in that tummy of yours.

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          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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