We’ve all been there, belly bloat is uncomfortable and can be a total nuisance — especially when you’re stuck at work or after a big meal and need to be relieved fast. How exactly do you banish bloat when you don’t have all the resources to do it on hand? We’ve compiled some easy ways you can feel better in two hours or less.
This story was published on Shape and The Singapore Women’s Weekly.
A fast and easy way to reduce bloating is to go for a quick walk right after eating. Walking helps to stimulate the digestive system to encourage it to process food faster. It’ll also move gas along your digestive tract so you don’t feel so uncomfortable all the time.
This wonder tonic helps to debloat fast! Cayenne pepper has a compound called capsaicin that helps to increase the amount of digestive juices in your stomach, quickly reducing bloating caused by overeating. Mix a tiny pinch into your drink to quick relief.
Packed with antioxidants, green tea promotes digestion and releases gas from the digestive tract. What’s more, the caffeine in green tea will keep you awake if you’re starting to feel sleepy from eating a heavy meal! Total win!
A potent digestive aid, ginger can alleviate bloating and gas in your belly and relief your stomach lining of any inflammation too. Ginger contains digestive enzymes that boost your body’s production of digestive fluids as well. In a small study, participants who consumed a small amount of ginger powder before drinking soup emptied their stomachs 50 per cent faster than those who did not.
Some people have raved about the benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning. While research hasn’t backed the claims up, there certainly is no harm in trying, especially if you are not a fan of plain water. Getting in more fluids will help flush out excess salt, a cause of bloat. And lemon helps give you a vitamin C boost.
If you’ve got some space (or an empty meeting room), consider stretching to reduce the discomfort caused by bloating. Some experts believe that certain yoga poses like happy baby and child’s pose can have a calming effect on different people.
If you want to debloat, avoid eating fruits like peaches, grapes and mangoes in the meantime as they contain a lot of natural sugars. Instead, load up on oranges, pineapple, strawberries and the like that contain more water content to help lessen bloating.
Similarly, aim to eat more vegetables with high water content such as cucumber, instead of cruciferous ones like broccoli or brussels sprouts that can cause you to become gassy.
There’s nothing like some good old H2O to flush out toxins and extra sodium from your body that are responsible for bloating. Bring a water bottle with you wherever you go so you always have some water on hand – it’ll also make you less likely to order a sweet drink.