If you are having a hard time fastening your jeans even though you eat right and exercise, belly bloat might be the culprit. Belly bloat can sneak up on you in surprising ways, from the foods you eat, certain everyday habits, and even some of the medications you take.
To jump-start your metabolism and improve the digestion and elimination of your food, try starting your day with a cup of ginger tea.
According to various studies, ginger naturally blocks several genes and enzymes in the body that contribute to bloat-causing inflammation and helps protect the stomach lining.
The medicinal properties of ginger have been known for centuries, and ginger has traditionally be used to help pregnant women ease the pain and discomfort from morning sickness.
Ginger Tea Recipe
- Get a fresh ginger root that looks plump and healthy without too many wrinkles. Wrinkled ginger is usually old and won’t be as potent.
- Cut off a half inch piece of ginger for mild tea or a full inch for a stronger cup.
- Scrub the ginger skin under hot water or peel it if you like.
- Boil the grated or sliced ginger in enough water for a cup of tea.
- Strain and pour into a mug with your favorite tea bag
- Steep according to the tea requirement.
Additional remedies to help rid yourself of belly bloat fast!
1. Eat a banana – Bananas are full of potassium, a nutrient that helps regulate fluid balance to avoid belly bloat and can help reduce bloating overnight.
2. Drink plenty of water or tea – Many people believe that drinking water will make their belly fat worse, but fluids, especially water, are vital for optimal digestion.
3. Limit foods high in FODMAP (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols) which are hard to absorb.
- Mushrooms (shiitake, button, enoki)
- Snow peas
- Bok choy
- Green beans
- Leafy greens
- Root vegetables
4. Don’t chew gum – It’s not just the air you swallow that causes bloating, but the sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and xylitol. If you must chew, try organic gums like Glee or Simply gum.
5. Eat dinner early – You don’t have to eat dinner at 4 pm, but you should be finish eating for the day by 7 pm or 8 pm at the latest. Make sure you have at least 12 hours between your last meal of the night and your first meal of the morning.
6. Eat several small meals – Eating small protein and fiber-packed meals every 3 to 4 hours will help keep your metabolism working throughout the day.
7. Don’t wolf down your food – Eating too quickly causes you to swallow excess air, which can cause bloating. So slow your roll and chew your food with your mouth closed.
8. Skip the straws – Not only are plastic straws bad for the environment but sucking your beverage through any type of straw can cause you to intake unnecessary air which can lead to bloating.
9. Limit the musical fruit – Many beans contain oligosaccharides. These are non-digestible sugar molecules that the body can’t break down entirely. They ferment in your gut, causing gas and bloating in your stomach.
10. Take a stroll – No, not down memory lane but outside for a 15-minute nighttime walk. Not only does this help with bloating but with constipation.