Do you dread mealtime because of that overly full feeling you have every time you eat? It sounds like you suffer from bloating. You know that gassy feeling in your gut that makes you feel like you are going to explode. It’s terribly uncomfortable and relief from it can be embarrassing to say the least. The good news is there are ways that you can prevent bloating from occurring in the first place.
- Don’t gulp your food. Gulping your food or drink when eating allows air to enter your stomach. This excess air has to come out either by belching, by passing gas or back into the stomach where it begins to make you feel bloated.
- Don’t overeat. Eating past the point of satiety will make you feel bloated and swollen. Overeating on a regular basis will result in weight gain and stress on your digestive track. One remedy for this is to eat 5 small meals rather than 3 large meals each day. When you eat more often you eat less food and never feel hungry. You are less likely to overeat since your next meal is only a couple of hours away.
- Eliminate soda. Not only will the carbonation make you feel gassy, the sugar in these drinks can be a major cause of gas especially in people who are fructose sensitive.
- Exercise regularly. When participate in a regular exercise program like my 30 Minutes To A New You Exercise Program, you allow your body to absorb the gas in your colon. 30 minutes of an aerobic exercise helps to prevent constipation and allows gas to move naturally out of your body.
- Avoid gassy foods. Beans, collards, broccoli, cabbage and other green leafy vegetables, although good for you, can cause bloating and gas. Fatty, greasy foods can also make you feel gassy. Beware of which foods disagree with you and limit or completely avoid them altogether.
- Follow directions for medications and let your doctor know if any of them make you feel bloated or constipated. Some medicines have unpleasant side effects on our digestive systems. Check the common ones for your particular drug and find out if you should start taking with food or on an empty stomach.
- Quit smoking. Many people who smoke claim that smoking after eating helps their food to digest. Apparently this sentiment is held by many of them, judging by the number of smokers that head outside after a big meal. However, smoking is one of the main causes of gas and bloating to begin with. Each time you inhale, you draw air into your body, which can result in excess air in the stomach. Smoking weakens the esophagus too.
If you suffer daily from bloating and gas, begin cutting back the amount of food that you eat. Try to choose healthy foods that are easily digestible and drink plenty of water, every day. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and try to take a short walk after each meal. This little stroll will move the gas out of your stomach, reduce stress and lift your spirit. Make it a habit and you’ll probably forget all about this gassy affair.