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Hey there 🙂
Let's talk about bloating, shall we.
Bloating can make us feel uncomfortable and a bit self-conscious, right?
But don't worry! We’re here to tackle it head-on, so you can feel lighter, brighter, and ready to take on the world.
First, how do you know you're bloated?
It's more than just feeling full. It's when your tummy feels larger than usual, you've got a bit of discomfort, your tummy's making some funny noises, or you're finding yourself a little more...gassy than usual.
Bloating caused by excess of gas hiding out in your gut.
This can be caused by some foods and drinks, like those sneaky fizzy drinks or certain foods that might not agree with you.
Other times, it could be down to simply eating your food too fast.
But there are other reasons that can trigger bloating, such as:
1. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
2. Medications: Antibiotics and steroids, can cause bloating
3. Medical conditions: Liver or kidney disease, can cause bloating too
Okay, so we know the 'why'. Now let's focus on what we can do about it.
Here are 3 remedies you can try today to smooth away belly bloat fast 👇
Remedy #1: Try the Wind-reliving pose
The name says it all! This simple yoga pose is my favorite way to release trapped gases from my system.
- Lay on your back
- hug one knee and hold for 60 seconds
- Repeat on both sides
- Repeat once again if needed
Try out this free yoga class from my digital studio, Ashram 👇
Remedy #2: Massage your stomach
Massage your stomach from right to left like in the video above.
- Massage the belly using your fingers tips in circular motion
- Start below the right ribs
- Move across the upper belly toward the left ribs
- Down to your left hip bone
- Massage across the lower belly toward your right hip bone
- Massage upwards to the starting point
This is the natural direction of our digestion. Sounds weird, but it can help release trapped wind!
Remedy #3: Sip some herbal tea
- Fennel tea - It's nature's way of reducing gas and inflammation.
- Peppermint tea - It relaxes the muscles in your digestive tract.
- Chamomile tea - Help reduce tension that may contribute to bloating.
Now that you know how to get rid of the bloating, here are some do's and don'ts that will help you avoid bloating in the first place:
- Get moving! Regular exercise and yoga can help your digestion.
- Eat slowly and chew your food well. It helps your body digest and prevents you from swallowing air.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink plenty of water! minimum of 2 Liter/day
- Go high fiber. Eat more leafy greens in your meals to aid digestion.
- Avoid fizzy drinks, alcohol, and too much caffeine.
- Limit gassy foods like cabbage, beans, or lentils.
- Cut down on processed, sugary, spicy or fatty foods.
- If you're intolerant to certain foods, it's best to avoid them completely.
Remember, your health and comfort are key to feeling your best. So be gentle with yourself, listen to your body, and embrace the journey towards better health and wellbeing!
Whenever you’re ready, there are 2 ways I can help you:
1. My favorite way of movement routine is yoga. I stick to it for over 15 years now!
I’d recommend you to start with yoga if you are looking for a low impact form of exercise that will help you gracefully build strength and improve flexibility from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
To help you start your yoga journey I created the 28-Days Zero To Yoga Challenge.