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Feeling Bloated? Try These Easy And Effective Home Remedies (With Recipe)

Feeling Bloated? Try These Easy And Effective Home Remedies (With Recipe)

If you’re feeling bloated, you’re not alone. Most people go through the discomfort of bloating and stomach cramps at some stage.

The main causes are eating habits like gulping with your mouth open, a diet high in fat, an extra intake of fiber, a bowel disorder, smoking, or even spurts of stress. Sometimes it may be an infection in the gastrointestinal tract or a bowel disorder. Fortunately there’s an effective home remedy – ginger and mint lemonade!

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Just mix chopped ginger with mint, add boiled water and let it steep 30 minutes. And you’ll feel much better. (For more details of the recipe, check this.)

So how does it work?

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The Ginger Root

Ginger root is an underground stem that has been a medicinal  component for thousands of years. It has been savored as a healing root for bloating in various cultures, including the Ancient Greeks.

Herbs that help to soothe the digestive tract and relieve gas are known as carminatives. Ginger is a particularly effective carminative; according to James A. Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods, ginger helps alleviate gas, bloating, and cramps.

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Ginger also aids in calming the intestinal activity that expels gas. It thins the blood, improving circulation, which effectively relieves any signs of bloating. The element of Gingerols in ginger are pain relievers, and are useful for the abdominal pain that may accompany bloating.

The Mint Family

Spearmint and peppermint are effective natural remedies as well. Menthol in peppermint oil relaxes the muscles and the gastrointestinal tract blocking calcium channels, and encourages smooth motion in the digestive system. Peppermint oil stimulates the increase of localized circulation and bile within the digestive enzymes.

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The mint family includes peppermint, spearmint, and basil, all herbs that may be helpful in reducing stomach bloating and gas. The soothing mints calm activity in the digestive tract and dissolve the gas pockets that cause bloating. According to The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook, there are several mints that relieve bloating. You can chew on fresh mint leaves, or add peppermint oil or extract drops into hot water to create a healing tonic. Peppermint herb tea will help relieve the pain or cramps associated with bloating.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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