The surprising foods that cause it, and how to relieve it . Chewing gum is a culprit too.
All of us have days when we suddenly start feeling a bit ‘weighty’ round the stomach. The belly bloat can be very unseemly and off-putting. Here are a few foods that can assist you in cutting back on the excessive bloating and slim down your waistline.
AND some a few surprising foods that actually cause bloating.
Foods which cause Bloating.
Even if you have a moderately healthy diet, there are certain foods that can make you more bloated. You should stay away from these right before an important occasion or event.
Too much salt in food or eating added salt by way of pickles should be avoided. Adding table salt to dishes can increase your sodium intake without you even realizing it.
Binge drinking alcohol or mixing too many alcoholic drinks dehydrate your body, which in turn leads to water retention and causes you to wake up with a puffy, bloated face and belly.
If you want to avoid bloating, then limit the number of drinks you consume, don’t drink on an empty stomach and follow each glass of alcohol with a glass of water to stay hydrated.
It is very surprising that people who consume chewing gum all the time don’t realize how much air they inhale in the process, and this can actually add to them feeling gassy and bloated. Artificial sweeteners used in sugar-free gum can also cause indigestion in some people.
Beans and gassy cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli can all cause a lot of gas as they are a little harder to digest.
If you are going to be a part of an event when you need to look your leanest, avoid these before the event and stick to split pulses and other easier to digest vegetables.
Foods that reduce Bloating.
A common misconception that if you have water retention, means you should avoid drinking water. This is not so, it is the exact opposite of that. If your body is holding on to water—making your rings fit tighter, for instance—it may be a sign that you are dehydrated and you should actually increase your water intake.
Having two glasses of barley water serves as a natural diuretic and can help to reduce bloating and water retention. Simply soak the barley seeds in water for some time, add a little lime juice and have two glasses every day.
Roasted and ground cumin seeds, if chewed well, can help you get rid of gas and acidity.
Bloating can sometimes be a result of indigestion and gas. Having ground cumin (jeera) can give you immediate relief and thereby help to reduce the bloating as well.
Coconut water and parsley.
Both coconut water and parsley have a diuretic effect, that is, they make you pass more urine, which in turn help reduce bloating due to water retention. Adding parsley to a mixed vegetable juice can make you feel full and helps you feel lighter the next day too.
Green tea and ginger.
Ginger is known to soothe the digestive system and green tea also helps to improve your digestion—hence, both these can help reduce water weight.
Herbal Remedies to solve the issue.
Glorias Cottage Craft Trading has Herbal Packs that are sold to help alleviate the issue of Bloating. The Herbals Pack Include:
Parsley Tea, DeTox and Cleansing, Liver Clean, Chamomile. Kidney and Bladder. In total 5x50gms = 250 gms /5gms per cup will give you 50 cups of tea.
You will need to put a concoction together of 1gm per items into a teapot, steep and pour through a strainer. It is best served cold with a twist of lemon and sweetener if desired. Honey is excellent for this purpose.
We do sell teapots with infusers at R 350 per teapot. We will have to add Postnet charges at around R50.
Total price including Postnet to Postnet R350.00
All prices include VAT
The items included in the packs are packaged in brown organic paper with labels. Each packet weighs 50gms and you can make 10 cups of tea with each.
So should you wish to order please send us an email with your full delivery address. We will send you an invoice and once paid will be dispatched.