By Ed Barillas- Staff Writer
Feeling bloated lately? Are you tired of feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed at times from bloating and gas? This effect is caused by an abnormal swelling and or increase in the diameter of the abdominal area and is triggered by a person dietary ingestion of foods and liquids.
What you eat will have a lot to do with the amount of bloating that you will have and also how you eat your food as many people tend to eat way too fast the problem being that when you eat fast you take larger bites and you also swallow lots of air. If you love to talk while eating you will also be drawing more air in your stomach and even drinking water too fast will also bloat you up and makes it harder for your system to digest. The key is to chew your food completely and thoroughly enjoy each bite and thus give your digestive system an easier and smoother time in doing its chores.
When it comes to food causes the main culprits can be beans, cabbage, cauliflower and onions but keep in mind that these are also incredible sources of fiber and important nutrients that your body needs so keep it in moderation. Also the artificial sweeteners that are used in everything from soda pops to that cheap maple syrup brand that you found in the store on sale the other day have a laxative effect on your digestive system and will have you feeling uncomfortable and bloated.
Parsley. Adding more parsley to your diet is also a very good remedy for gas. Add parsley, either freshly minced or dried as a spice, to foods that may contribute to intestinal gas to help prevent them from causing gas and bloating problems.
Garlic. The hot garlic bulb is another good home remedy for gas. Garlic helps stimulate digestion. For best results, use fresh garlic. You may also want to follow up with parsley or fennel seeds to freshen your breath.
Dandelion Tea. The common weed dandelion has numerous health benefits, one of which is relieving gas. Drink as a tea or add it to meals as a dried spice.
Hot Water. Sip water as hot as you can take it! According to an 86 year old grandma who submitted this remedy, half a cup usually works.
Dill Pickles. Eat one dill pickle or else take a teaspoonful of pickle juice. Pickle juice has the same effect that gripe water has on a baby.
Peppermint Oil. Mix two drops peppermint oil in 1/2 cup cool water and drink once or twice per day.