Have you ever experienced bloating? Bloating is a common digestive problem which occurs after eating a heavy meal or due to other various factors. It manifests through a swollen stomach and discomfort and may last for a few hours to a couple of days. It may be accompanied by excessive gasses and other symptoms and is quite difficult to get rid of. Luckily for you, we have a simple natural remedy that will get things in your digestive tract moving and eliminate the bloating.
What Causes Bloating?
Bloating is a result of stuck air in the bowels and abdomen. If you suspect your stomach is bloated, just press one finger on it – if it’s soft as a pillow, you’re OK. If it’s hard, then you’re most likely bloated. The most likely cause of bloating is a heavy or spicy meal, although if it occurs frequently it may be a sign of some serious condition.
In general, bloating is caused by gluten or lactose intolerance, Celiac disease, constipation, acid reflux, indigestion, Crohn’s disease, E. Coli infection, IBS, PMS or some type of digestive cancer.
How To Eliminate Bloating?
The best way to treat the problem is actually food – well, at least some types of it. Adding anti-inflammatory and fiber-rich foods in your diet will improve the function of your digestive system and eliminate bloating. Due to the abundance of fiber they contain, we recommend chia seeds as the ideal remedy.
Chia seeds have been consumed against various digestive problems for centuries. They contain fiber and other compounds including carbs, protein, antioxidants and calcium which will get your GI tract moving and keep your stomach flat. They can also fight free radicals in your body, prevent glucose spikes after a meal, promote weight loss, strengthen your bones, regulate your cholesterol levels, curb your appetite and treat other digestive problems.
The seeds’ ability to suck up moisture and the fiber content is what makes them so effective against bloating. However, you need to soak them up in water overnight before consuming them so they don’t expand in your stomach. This will allow you to reap all the benefits of the seeds and regulate your bowel movements. Here’s a recipe for a chia seeds remedy that can improve your digestion and relieve bloating.
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1-2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
Soak the chia seeds in water for at least an hour or two (or overnight for best results), then mix them in a blender with the other ingredients. Drink the mixture in the morning to get all its benefits.
The drink contains 11 gr. of fiber, 5 gr. of omega-3s, 4 gr. of protein and a nice portion of vitamins B1, B2 and B3 as well as potassium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. However, some people may react badly to the drink.
Many have experienced discomfort when drinking it as chia seeds may cause digestive problems such as bloating. Start with a teaspoon of them the first time and gradually increase the amount until you reach 3 teaspoons of chia seeds. If you’re OK, you can drink the remedy to improve your digestive and overall health.