Want to prevent bloating? Use these handy tips to feel better about yourself in your favorite clothes or swimwear.
After all who doesn’t want to avoid that gassy uncomfortable swollen feeling?
Check out the following tips that can help keep your tummy happy inside and out.
Avoid mixing concentrated starches and concentrated proteins
When we mix portions of proteins and starches together during meal times our digestion time can double.
This leaves the food in the digestive tract for hours (anywhere from
6 – 14), giving the food time to ferment which creates an onset of unnecessary toxins into the body.
These extra toxins can cause, gas, bloating, indigestion, acid reflux and other undesired symptoms.
Following some food combining guidelines can be extremely helpful to prevent bloating and other digestive issues.
Ease up on the fried foods
Limiting consumption of fried foods is beneficial not only to prevent bloating but for general health.
Fried foods are high in calories and contain unhealthy fats known
as trans fats which affect our cholesterol levels. Not only that but
fats take longer to digest. As stated above longer digestion times
increases our chances for stomach bloating and can also cause
Fats do take longer to digest but we can sneak a few treats if you use some of the food combing guidelines.
For instance, if you really enjoy your French fries (and gravy) then don't mix them with proteins.
That way you can still enjoy a meal of fries which will digest fairly quickly because you are not consuming them with a piece of meat.
Also chicken wings and vegetables sticks are a good combination if you really want to enjoy a fried food treat.
Go easy on the bubbly drinks
This one can really help prevent bloating. Drinks such as soda and beer are just loaded full of air bubbles making it easy to get that uncomfortable full feeling.
Either limit your intake or choose another beverage, perhaps a
weight loss drink that is not carbonated and is calorie friendly.
Eat like a bird, but chew like a cow
Whether you enjoy large or small portions of food during meal times, chew your food. This one is important. The better your food is chewed up before swallowing the less work your digestive system has to do.
Also eating slower may make meal times more enjoyable as you can savor every bite. In all likelihood you will probably eat less and get fuller faster.
Simply chew your food till it’s almost liquid.
Avoid drinking while eating
For many people sipping on a drink to help wash down their food during a meal is typical.
The true fact is if you drink a beverage while eating a meal the liquid dilutes your digestive juices which hinders proper digestion.
If you can manage it drink your beverage before your meal or twenty minutes after you have eaten.
Avoid sugar free candy
Many sugar free candies contain sugar alcohols which is a natural sweetener derived from plant foods.
They contain fewer calories and seem like a good alternative when dieting, but they do have a down side.
Sugar alcohols are known to cause gas, bloating and sometimes even diarrhea.
If purchasing candies check the ingredients label for sugar alcohols which go by names such as Sorbitol, Xylitol, Lactitol, Isomalt and Maltitol.
Watch the dairy intake
For many people dairy products are difficult to digest, especially for those who are lactose intolerant.
This is mainly due to the inability to digest the sugar called lactose which is found in milk and many other dairy products.
When this happens many people experience excess gas, diarrhea and bloating.
Studies have shown that yogurt and hard cheeses are tolerated and digested much easier.
To prevent bloating and for ease of digestion, limit your dairy.
No matter how hard we try we can still end up with an upset stomach. In this case peppermint tea is known to help sooth digestive upset or bloating.
Peppermint tea along with other herbal tea choices are usually soothing, calorie friendly and have beneficial qualities.
So if you need a break, enjoy a cup of tea. The best part is that the benefits of tea can be enjoyed either hot or cold depending on the day and your mood.
Use these helpful tips when you want your tummy area looking your slimmest.
Wishing you health and happiness
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