Cooking food is a joy and eating them is a pleasure.
Eating is usually one of the first things you do when you wake up in the morning and often, before you do everything else. Whether you take the time, or in a hurry, you should have something to fill your belly.
It is true that it is important to have a balanced diet. But sometimes, no matter how much you adhere to your nutritional needs and stay active, digestive discomfort will hit you from time to time.
Gas build-up, bloating, indigestion, constipation, and heartburn are common digestive problems you will most likely encounter. These are commonly caused by some physical activities or certain foods which did not agree with your stomach.
This article will give you some ideas on how to beat stomach bloating.
The key to get rid of bloating is to find natural relief, like stretching your belly muscles. Simple movements, like yoga poses, help alleviate the problem.
So give time to do simple but effective yoga poses, focus on your breathing, dedicate on the movements day by day and reap the benefits by having less bloating in your tummy.
This pose works on your back, chest, and neck to relieve pressure. It works in reducing the bloat as it stretches and contracts the abdomen.
Start on your hands and knees in a tabletop position with your head in a neutral position. Make sure your hips are directly above your knees, and your shoulders above your hands.
As you inhale, raise your head and tailbone toward the sky as you bend your back. As you exhale, slowly comeback to tabletop position and create a deep arch with your back.
Do these stretches eight to ten times or as needed throughout the day.
Child Pose/Grounding Pose
This pose applies pressure to your lower abdomen and is one you can rely everytime pain associated with bloating comes back.
Kneel on the floor with your hips resting on the heels of your feet. Then bend your waist, extend your arms and your body forward slowly stretching as far as comfortable as you can.
Breath in and out normally for 20 to 30 seconds, before returning to an upright position with your hands. Repeat and relax your body as many times as needed.
Wind Freeing Pose/Knee-to-Chest
This simple stretch can soothe your stomach by improving your digestion and by releasing trapped gases.
Start by lying flat on your back with your arms at your side. Inhale, then exhale bending your knees and slowly bringing them to your chest. Hug your legs to your body.
Then gently rock your body from side to side, raising your chin towards your knee, or take your knee to your chest one at a time. Stay in this position as comfortable as you can, then slowly release.
The seated twist works to ‘force out’ any trapped air in the abdomen.
Simply sit on the floor with legs outstretched. Bend your right knee, bring your right leg over the left and rest your foot just to the outside of the left thigh.
Twist your body towards the left side with the right arm around the right knee and inhale to extend your spine.
Downward Facing Dog
This practice works to relieve gas build up in the belly by improving your circulation to prevent poor digestion.
Stand with your feet, hip-width apart. Bend at the waist until your hands touch the floor, positioning the body into an inverted ‘V’ shape position.
Press your hands and feet firmly unto the floor with your arms now shoulder-width apart. Breathe in several times, resting deeper into the stretch while you exhale.
Although these are just easy yoga exercises, it is still important to consult your doctor because you may have other conditions causing your bloatedness, or certain exercise might make it worse.