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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 March 13, 2019

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

          1. Work on the small tasks.

          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

          2. Take a break from your work desk.

          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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          3. Upgrade yourself

          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

          4. Talk to a friend.

          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

          7. Read a book (or blog).

          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

          8. Have a quick nap.

          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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          9. Remember why you are doing this.

          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

          10. Find some competition.

          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

          11. Go exercise.

          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

          12. Take a good break.

          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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