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Have you experienced uncomfortable bloating after enjoying a hearty meal? If yes, then this blog is for you. Bloating is referred to the feeling of fullness you feel in your belly. It is one of the most common indigestion problems that people face. There could be a number of reasons that could lead to bloating like not chewing food properly, eating too quickly and overeating. However, you can combat bloating with the use of foods available in your house instead of taking over-the-counter medicines which may come with a host of side-effects, if taken for a long time.
Buttermilk (Chaas): Buttermilk is a natural probiotic and one of the best anti-bloating foods. The good bacteria present in probiotics prevent the gas build-up and bloating that often causes acid reflux. It also allows nutrients and foods to be digested and absorbed correctly, which ultimately eliminates and reduces the possibility of occurrence of acidity.
Banana: Eating ripe bananas may help reduce gas and bloating as they are packed with potassium and soluble fibre. They help the body flush out excess sodium and reduce inflammation as too much salt can result in bloating and gas. Soluble fibre also helps to relieve constipation, which can be another cause of bloating.
Asafoetida (Hing): Hing when added to delicacies adds a certain flavour and the medicinal properties present in it make it one of the best anti-bloating foods. Adding a dash of hing while cooking certain foods like chickpeas and potato prevents bloating and gastric issues. Another useful way to reduce bloating quickly is by drinking a mix of hing powder and black salt in a glassful of lukewarm water. You can also take a pinch of hing and mix it with a few drops of warm mustard oil and massage it on the navel to get relief from bloating and gas.
Fennel seeds (Saunf): Fennel seeds are a digestive tract saviour and possess antispasmodic properties. The seeds have a compound that relaxes gastrointestinal spasms, which allows gas to pass and relieve bloating. You can chew few fennel seeds after every meal or sip on a fennel tea after meals to ease the digestion process.
Ginger: Ginger contains the digestive enzyme zingibain, which helps your digestive system break down protein. The compound potentially helps food to get digested easily, reducing bloating, gas or constipation. If you already feel bloated, you probably don't want to eat. So, you can simply eat ginger slices soaked in lemon juice or you can make ginger tea by adding a few slices of ginger to water and boil it for 5-10 minutes.
Cucumber: Cucumber is high in potassium, which helps negate the ill-effects of sodium that is known to cause bloating. It helps you eliminate extra sodium through urine. Cucumbers are rich in antioxidant quercetin, caffeic acid (the skin), vitamin C and silica that are known to reduce swelling. Just as how putting them around your eyes prevent puffiness, eating cucumber on a daily basis can help you de-bloat as well.
If food from home didn't work in reducing bloating, one should opt for ayurvedic medicine for bloating and gas by consulting with a doctor. In addition to incorporating anti-bloating foods into your diet, several other things when kept in mind can help prevent bloating. For example, be sure to eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. This can help reduce how much air you swallow to prevent gas buildup. Refrain from eating too much salt. An excess of sodium causes the body to retain water. This can cause a swollen and bloated feeling in the stomach.
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