If you're sitting at the dinner table staring at your stomach, wishing you wore an elastic waistband and praying to the bloat gods for some relief, we've heard your cries and are here to help. While preventing bloating can be a little easier than treating bloating, there are ways to treat the situation once the balloon effect has taken place. Whether you've had a huge meal, ate something irritating, or have a mystery belly that appeared out of nowhere, try any of these simple tips to find relief stat.
- Sip something soothing. Hot lemon water or an apple cider vinegar drink can wake up the digestive tract and move things along.
- Go for a walk. Get moving! A little bit of circulation and physical movement can give your digestion a nudge. A light walk after a meal is what the Italians call passeggiata, and it's awesome.
- Load up on ginger. A hot ginger tea after dinner could be your belly's best friend. Ginger is a digestive wonder, and its anti-inflammatory properties can be a miracle for bloated bellies everywhere.
- Take some magnesium. Whether you find it in leafy greens, dark chocolate, or salmon — or in supplement form — magnesium may fight against fluid retention and ease bloating. It's also known to relieve cramps, which can help if you're suffering from digestive distress.
- Drink some golden milk. Like magnesium, turmeric is another anti-inflammatory that can help your digestion. A creamy cup of golden milk (sometimes called turmeric tea) is easy to make and can soothe many a digestive woe. The coconut milk will nourish your digestive lining, while the spice works its magic on your inflamed GI.
- Try debloating yoga twists. This relieving yoga flow will guide you through debloating yoga poses that will also feel great for the rest of your body.
- Massage your stomach. If you're feeling a little backed up, a little bit of abdominal massaging can help set things in motion.
- Ditch the LaCroix. Sorry to be the bearer of
horrificbad news, but carbonated beverages are only making it worse. This includes Champagne and soft drinks.
- Cut down on salt. The fluid retention from your sodium intake may be exacerbating the bloat.
- Stop chewing gum. It may be causing you to swallow more air, thus adding to your distention and discomfort.
- Blend up a debloating smoothie. With the natural digestive enzymes in papaya and debloating properties of pineapple, a tropical debloating smoothie might be just the ticket to restoring your abdomen to its normal state.
- Brew some digestion-friendly tea. The right blend of leaves and herbs can be great for your tummy. We love The Republic of Tea's "Get Relief" For Digestion, Kusmi Tea's Blue Detox, and David's Tea's Organic Le Digestif.