Many women feel bloated after overeating, consuming foods high in salt and fat, and during their menstrual cycles. Bloating can be uncomfortable, and it is an aspect of life that many women find unflattering and confidence-eroding. Bloating can become a particularly prominent issue during times when hormone levels are fluctuating, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to tame a bloated stomach. In addition to a more balanced diet and physical movement, there are some herbs and spices that can also help the belly shrink back to its normal size.
Chamomile is a soothing and relaxing herb often made into an infusion that has been used to alleviate bloating since ancient times. It is one of the most well-known relievers of bloating, acid reflux, and discomfort caused by overeating. You can make chamomile tea yourself at home, or it can be purchased as prepackaged teabags. It is an excellent caffeine-free alternative to black tea or coffee, and it can also help towards soothing a range of other ailments.
Hot Pineapple Juice
Warm pineapple juice has a multitude of benefits for a bloated stomach. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which can help aid digestion and prevent bloating, especially after a heavy or high-protein meal.
Peppermint tea is not only full of flavor, but it is also full of compounds that help tackle abdominal bloating. Thanks to its menthol content, peppermint can ease many types of digestive distress, in addition to having a pleasant scent. This active ingredient, whether by itself or as an extra kick to a blended tea mix, helps soothe the digestive tract.
Cinnamon has been used to remedy stomach upsets for centuries. This spice can reduce pressure on the abdomen by encouraging the passage of gas, providing relief from bloating. Cinnamon tea can be made from either a stick of cinnamon or cinnamon powder, mixed with a dash of honey. Drinking warm cinnamon tea daily will help relax your digestive system.
Plain Hot Water
One of the main reasons most of the drinks in this list are hot is the automatic benefits the body gets from a cup or two of steamy water. Water is a particularly important part of the body's needs, but it often gets neglected. Drinking hot water throughout the day can ensure your body is not becoming bloated as it fights to retain water. A hot glass of water or one of the abovementioned teas in the mornings as well as before and after meals can help.
By including the five hot drinks listed above in your diet on a regular basis, you should begin to see a reduction in your stomach distension. These hot beverages are good, but one of the principal causes of bloating is hormonal imbalance, so hot drinks alone won't solve the root of the problem.
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