I love waking up in the morning. The air is crisp. The birds are chirping and my stomach is flat…until, of course, I start EATING. That’s a four minute window and it’s way too short.
Face it. We may be the superior race, but we definitely got ripped off in the perpetual flat ab category. I know its not fair, but women are just prone to bloating. That hormone thing, at any age, pushes all of our buttons. There’s nothing like bloating to make you want to hide in the nearest bell tower.
Well, F**k that.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of feeling sluggish and uncomfortable, so I uncovered a few anti-bloat tips that I wanted to share.
The bottom line is, our digestive system simply cannot process everything, (and yes, that includes the 6 french fries off of your friends plate) so you have to know the limitation of yours. With that in mind, here’s a list of:
Bloating Dos and Don’ts
Don’t skip meals.
Drink plenty of water (non-carbonated).
Chew your food thoroughly.
Don’t talk and chew at the same time. (it causes you to swallow air, which causes more gas).
Avoid carbonated beverages, chewing gum, highly spiced foods, and too many sweets (I know…Total kill joy here).
Eat only peeled, cooked seedless fruits and vegetables.
Limit beans, corn (including popcorn), and nuts and vegetables in the cabbage and onion families, including broccoli and garlic.
And last but not least…
Avoid dairy products, BECAUSE a majority of people are lactose intolerant.
Since I eat almost everything that you’re supposed to avoid, I tend to try this quick fix first which is an…
Exercise To Relieve Bloating
Lie flat on your back and bring your left knee to your chest while keeping your right leg as close to the floor as possible. Hug your left knee to the count of 20. Release and repeat with your right knee. Alternate knees for 5 times or more, depending on the severity of symptoms.
If you’re lucky, you’ll move the bloat up or out, (often embarrassingly audible) or to an acceptable place like your feet. Truthfully, when I’m not feeling too holistic, I’ll pop a Gas-X. Next to coffee, it’s my drug of choice.