Lately, my stomach has been a mess. I’m not sure if it’s my bi-coastal living that is causing havoc on my digestion and gut, but something is not right. I can hardly go longer than a day without feeling bloated. And sure, bloating happens to everyone. Some triggers include food, stress, dehydration, or a host of other things. But if the pain is causing you discomfort, rest assured there are ways to find relief.
Your doctor would probably suggest a balanced diet in organic veggies, quinoa, and digestible proteins like fish and chicken. But let’s be real, we live in New York City, and even though we’re in a global pandemic, there is never a vacant happy hour without us. The good news: There are ways to find immediate relief for these pesky digestive problems. Ahead are 7 tips for a bloat-free stomach.
1. Invest in probiotics
Probiotics, the good bacteria, have been shown to help relieve symptoms of bloating. For a boost of healthy bacteria, try plain whole fat Greek yogurt that will smooth digestion and keep your belly flat, too.
2. Drink hot water
Drinking water helps flush out the stored water our bodies hold onto when we are dehydrated. The more you drink, the less bloated you’ll feel. It will also flush out the excess sodium that holds onto water. Plus, water also dilutes the digestive enzymes your body needs for effective digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
3. Try magnesium
If your bloat is caused by constipation, you might want to opt for something with laxative benefits to ease your stomach woes. Experts recommend taking 500 milligrams of magnesium citrate with a cup of black organic coffee to kick-start your digestive system. Just remember not to take a laxative a day; this will be too harsh on your stomach.
4. Up your fermented food intake
5. Shoot it back (with apple cider vinegar)
Apple cider vinegar is the ultimate healer. Drink it to boost the de-bloating process. Apple cider vinegar balances healthy bacteria in the gut, promotes digestion, balances pH levels in the body, and kills any viruses and unwanted bacteria. Not to mention, the vinegar also helps increase stomach acid (which improves digestion) and aids your body’s absorption of key nutrients from food.
6. Drink bitters
Herbal bitters—medicinal herbs and botanicals that have been preserved—are ideal for improving bloating. Essentially, the digestive bitters activate receptors on your tongue that will produce more digestive juices down your digestive track — reducing intestinal inflammation.
7. Stop multitasking
Try eating and only eating. Set down your phone, work, or a book and just eat. Shocking, we know.
If you’re still having bloating trouble after these tips, try drinking these specially formulated teas. Beyond that, please consult a medical professional.
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