3 Ways To Naturally Reduce Stomach Bloating
No woman wants to deal with stomach bloating, whether she is buttoning up jeans or sliding on her dream wedding dress. To naturally reduce and potentially eliminate your instances of stomach bloat, there are four things you can easily do.
1. Take Smaller Meal Portions
It may sound silly, but by simply reducing your meal portions, you may be able to end your stomach bloating. Many women fall into the habit of eating the same-sized meal as their partner, but it is not the right size for their needs.
For instance, say you are a 5’4″ woman who has a desk job and your partner is 5’10” and works in construction. There is no reason on earth why you should eat the same amount as someone who is both taller and more physically active than you.
Start by cutting your normal meal portions in half. If this leaves you hungry later, feel free to have another small portion. Eating small amounts later, when your stomach has had time to digest, will not bloat you.
2. Add More Fiber To Your Diet
Bloating can be caused by slow digestion and constipation. Rather than turn to laxatives, which can cause your body to become dependent on them for bowel movements, eating foods high in fiber can help bring down abdominal bloating. Some excellent foods are:
- Whole-wheat spaghetti
- Black beans
If you do choose to add more fiber to your diet, be sure to do it slowly. You can end up bloating more if you start eating tons of fiber and your body isn’t ready for the change.
3. Try Food Elimination
Food allergies can be a major source of indigestion and stomach bloating. By cutting the triggering foods out of your diet, you can remove the irritation from your digestive system. Some of the most common food allergy culprits are:
- Dairy (cheese, cow/goat milk, ice cream, etc)
- Nuts/Legumes (almonds, peanuts, cashews, beans, walnuts, etc)
- Nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, etc)
- Gluten (wheat, spelt, barley, etc)
For those who want to jump in feet-first, you can do an elimination diet, which is what doctors commonly recommended for those concerned about possible food allergies. So, instead of taking the above foods out of your diet one-by-one, you would do it all at once.
There is no reason why you can’t do most of these things at once if you are serious about ending your stomach bloating problem. Also, by naturally taking care of your stomach bloat, you will likely address other issues such as acne, uneven skin tone, weight gain, and more.