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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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          Last Updated on October 16, 2018

          What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

          What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

          Are you afraid of being alone?  Do you worry about your physical safety or do you fear loneliness? These are strong negative feelings that can impact your health.

          One study found that when older people are socially isolated, there is an increased risk of an earlier death,[1] by as much as 26%.

          If you experience loneliness and are worried about your fear of being alone, study these 6 ways to help you find your comfort zone.

          But first, the good news!

          How many times have you said to yourself, ‘I just can’t wait to be alone’? This might be after a day’s work, an argument with your partner or after a noisy dinner with friends. You need time to be yourself, gather your thoughts, relish the silence and just totally chill out. These are precious moments and are very important for your own peace of mind and mental refreshment.

          But for many people, this feeling is not often present and loneliness takes over. As Joss Whedon once said,

          ‘Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there’.

          Read on and discover how you can exploit being alone to your own advantage and how you can defeat loneliness.

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          1. Embrace loneliness

          When you are alone, it is important to embrace it and enjoy it to the full.

          Wallow in the feeling that you do not have to be accountable for anything you do. Pursue your interests and hobbies. Take up new ones. Learn new skills. Lie on the couch. Leave the kitchen in a mess. The list can go on and on, but finding the right balance is crucial.

          There will be times when being on your own is perfect, but then there will be a creeping feeling that you should not be so isolated.

          When you start to enjoy being alone, these 10 amazing things will happen.

          Once you start feeling loneliness, then it is time to take action.

          2. Facebook is not the answer

          Have you noticed how people seek virtual contacts instead of a live, face-to-face interaction? It is true that social networking can provide an initial contact, but the chances of that becoming a real life personal contact is pretty slim.

          Being wrapped up in a cloud of sharing, liking and commenting (and insulting!) can only increase loneliness.

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          When you really want company, no one on Facebook will phone you to invite you out.

          3. Stop tolerating unhappy relationships

          It is a cruel fact of life that people are so scared of loneliness that they often opt into a relationship with the wrong person.

          There is enormous pressure from peers, family and society in general to get married or to be in a stable, long-term relationship. When this happens, people start making wrong decisions, such as:

          • hanging out with toxic company such as dishonest or untrustworthy people;
          • getting involved with unsuitable partners because of the fear of being alone or lonesome;
          • accepting inappropriate behavior just because of loneliness;
          • seeking a temporary remedy instead of making a long-term decision.

          The main problem is that you need to pause, reflect and get advice. Recognize that your fear of being alone is taking over. A rash decision now could lead to endless unhappiness.

          4. Go out and meet people

          It was the poet John Donne (1572 – 1631) who wrote:

          ‘No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent’.

          Human contact is essential to surviving in this world. Instead of wallowing in boredom and sadness, you need to get out as much as possible and seek contacts.

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          Being a member of a group, however tenuous, is a great way. So when you are in the gym, at church or simply at a club meeting, exploit these contacts to enlarge your social circle.

          There is no point in staying at home all the time. You will not meet any new people there!

          Social contacts are rather like delicate plants. You have to look after them. That means telephoning, using Skype and being there when needed.

          Take a look at this guide on How to Meet New People and Make Friends with The Best.

          5. Reach out to help someone in need

          A burden shared is a burden halved.

          Dag Hammarskjold was keenly aware of this fact when he said:

          ‘What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden but this: I have only my own burden to bear’.

          Simply put, it is a two-way street. Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

          Reach out to help and people will be there when you need them.

          6. Be grateful and count your blessings

          Study after study shows that if people show gratitude, they will reap a bountiful harvest. These include a stronger immune system, better health, more positive energy and most important of all, feeling less lonely and isolated.

          If you do not believe me, watch the video below, ‘What good is gratitude?’  Now here is the path to hope and happiness:

          Featured photo credit: Anthony Tran via unsplash.com

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