How to prevent stomach bloating with natural remedies
Many people suffer from stomach bloating after eating. It can be extremely uncomfortable, painful and can result in flatulence. Stomach bloating is caused by pockets of gas that stretch the digestive tract walls giving a blown up feeling and can extend over the whole abdomen. Some people can expand several inches over the day, making clothes tight and uncomfortable.
There are several causes including eating too fast, gulping food and therefore taking in excess air, and certain foods can also cause accumulations of gas.
Included here is a recipe for a soothing drink that can prevent and sooth stomach bloating. I have also included a list of food to avoid and which food can help.
Cut up 1 lemon into fine slices and put them in bottom of your large jug. Don’t forget to include the juice that has accumulated on the cutting board.
Take about a 2 inch piece of fresh root ginger.
Peel off the heavy skin and discard. Using a vegetable peeler, slice ginger very, very thinly or grate it finely.
Add to the jug.
Collect 15-20 leaves from a mint plant depending on size.
Wash thoroughly under running water — do not soak it in a basin of water.
Shred and add to the jug.
Fill the jug with 1 and a half to 2 litres of fresh water.
Either use filtered tap or spring water, not mineral or sparkling water.
Stir thorougly and leave in fridge overnight.
To be most effective, drink one glass before or with each meal.
Use within 3 days.
Mint helps to sooth the digestive tract. It is well known to promote easy digestion. Its aroma stimules salivary glands in the mouth where digestion starts. Mint also stimulates digestive glands throughout the alimentary system to produce enzymes that break down and absorb nutrients from food. People who suffer from bloating offen complain of a furry tongue and an unpleasant taste in the mouth, mint is excellent for cleansing the mouth.
Make a tea with fresh leaves — pour boiling water over mint and leave to soak for at least 5 minutes.
Chewing mint leaves has also been known to help.
Ginger has long been known for its ability to sooth the digestive tract. It helps to digest fatty foods and to break down proteins that can cause gas. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, that is, it reduces inflammation that can sometime be caused by stomach acids. Ginger is therefore particularly soothing in inflammatory digestive ailments. It aids the digestive enzymes to properly digest food and may even be instrumental in reducing cholesterol.
Make into a tea by pouring boiling water over grated root ginger. Leave to soak for at least 5 minutes.
Or, add to food dishes, many recipes will accept ginger as an ingredient.
While you may think of lemon as being acidic, it actually helps with bloating, with heartburn, biliousness and nausea. It acts as a tonic for the liver and stimulates the production of bile that aids digestion. It is particularly effective taken before or with meals. Incidentally, lemon is also thought to be an anti-carcinogenic, by neutralising food of its cancer-bearing properties. It is certainly a wonderful way to help free the blood system of toxins.
Make into a hot or cold drink by soaking sliced lemon in water. Leave for at least 5 minutes.
Add lemon to salads by squeezing the juice over salad leaves.
Making ginger tea for medicinal purposes can be done by boiling long strips of fresh ginger root in water or steeping the strips in a teapot. Make ginger tea to help fight off colds, sore throats and indigestion with advice from beverage specialist in this free video on hot drinks. Expert: Adrien Matthews Contact: www.taystrestaurant.com Bio: Adrien Matthews runs the wine program at Tayst Restaurant and Wine Bar in Nashville, Tenn. Filmmaker: Dimitri LaBarge
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