Five Ways to Reduce Bloating
Bloating is that full and puffy feeling many people experience after eating Thanksgiving dinner. Some people, though, experience this sensation at other times than just during the holiday season.
Bloating occurs when there is an excess amount of liquids, gases, and solids in your stomach and digestive system. Aside from being overindulgent, bloating can also occur by certain food combinations, food allergies, and food intolerances. If you constantly feel bloated, we recommend trying one or more of the following tips.
- Eat smaller portions/meals instead of one or two big ones. Smaller meals are easier to digest and lower the likelihood of bloating.
- Keep a diary of the foods you eat to determine possible bloating triggers. Some foods, like beans, could cause gas and bloating. When you understand what foods cause you to feel bloated, you can reduce or eliminate them from your diet.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Bloating can be caused by not staying hydrated.
- Avoid raw veggies and eat steamed or cooked ones instead. Raw vegetables can be harder to digest and can make you feel bloated.
- Consume spicy (“hot”) foods and acidic foods in moderation. Certain “hot” spices and acidic foods can increase the release of stomach acids and gases, which can make you feel bloated.
Bonus Tip: Take natural and herbal supplements that aid in digestion, such as digestive enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics.
For assistance in determining what dietary supplements would be best for reducing your bloating, please feel free to contact Forrest Health at 408-354-4262 today!