That feeling when your stomach is bloated is extremely uncomfortable. If this happens often, then it’s time to take a look at your eating habits and your exercise regimen. Causes of bloating can include gas, water retention, constipation, overeating, and food intolerance. Let’s look at some remedies to this common problem.
Firstly take a look at your eating habits. Does your diet include having too much or too little fiber? Regulating the amount of fiber in your diet can greatly reduce the amount of bloating you experience. If you are taking too little fiber, adding more can help regulate your digestive system and reduce constipation. However if you are taking in plenty of fiber, maybe you should temporarily stop especially if you are experiencing a lot of gas.
Intake of carbonated drinks, junk food, and oily food should also be reduced. Also reduce the intake of acidic drinks like coffee and alcohol.
When eating your veges, make sure they are cooked as they will be digested more easily and thereby reducing gas. However some vegetables like cabbage, peas and beans may be harder to digest.
Avoid spicy foods. When you eat spicy foods, your stomach releases acid which can cause or worsen bloating. Take a walk for 15-20 minutes each day to help digest your food.
Foods that cause bloating may differ between persons. So take note of the food you eat to find out the food that is causing the bloating. Common culprits include milk and wheat.
You can also try taking foods with prebiotic. Prebiotics can help your digestive system and therefore reduce bloating.
For quick relief, try applying pressure to your stomach. In a circular motion, gently apply pressure on your abdomen to ease physical stress on the stomach and help relieve gas.
The name buckwheat is misleading because it isn’t related to wheat at all. In fact, buckwheat isn’t a true grain, but rather the fruit of a leafy plant belonging to the same family as sorrel and rhubarb. It is often referred to as a pseudo-cereal, since the grain is used in ways similar to cereal grains. Its name comes from a Dutch word that translates as “beechwheat,” most likely a reference to the plant’s triangular fruits, which resemble beechnuts. Most of us are most familiar with buckwheat flour used to make the pancakes, crepes or noodles (Japanese Soba). Here are 10 reasons why you should give buckwheat a try:
- Buckwheat is high in fiber; good for those with constipation.
- The protein in buckwheat has all 9 essential amino acids (that the body cannot manufacture), making it closer to being a “complete” protein.
- Buckwheat is high in the amino acid lysine, which is used for tissue growth and repair.
- Buckwheat is gluten-free so this makes it suitable for those with wheat allergies.
- Buckwheat is rich in calcium, iron, vitamin E, and B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper.
- The magnesium in buckwheat, helps relaxes blood vessels; helps improve circulation, decrease blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.
- Buckwheat helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Due to the slower breakdown and absorption of the carbohydrates in buckwheat, this helps to raise our blood sugar levels more evenly. This especially good for those suffering with diabetes by helping to control their blood sugar levels.
- Buckwheat is low in calories, good in helping to reduce fat accumulation.
- Buckwheat contains rutin, a chemical that strengthens capillary walls.
- Buckwheat being high in insoluble fiber, can help women avoid gallstones. It is also protective against childhood asthma.