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    Handy herbs to decrease bloating

    Nov 13, 2016 · by Peter O · no comments

    When dieting and attempting to lose weight, a bloated stomach can be not only uncomfortable and painful but it can also leave you feeling fatigued and unmotivated to do those stomach crunches and sit ups that you’ve been working on, thankfully there’s plenty of herbal remedies out there that ease swollen stomachs and aren’t packed with calories.

    Digestion is a key factor when losing weight, a slow metabolic rate can mean that you feel heavy and struggle to lose the weight and a bloated tummy will also skew the numbers on your weighing scales but one of the best remedies that also offers plenty of health benefits is peppermint tea.

    A research study published in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) tested different remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome to find out if known aids actually reduced bloating and Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. The study concludes that peppermint oil – a key ingredient in peppermint tea was more effective than a placebo in treating symptoms.

    So why is this? Peppermint has natural anti-spasmodic properties which can decrease feelings of bloating and constipation thus preventing you from feeling as fatigued and heavy after a meal. Although there is no clear correlation between weight loss and peppermint, many believe that reducing bloating symptoms can allow you to feel more energised and therefore more likely to exercise.

    Other tips can include drinking plenty of water and avoiding spicy foods – spice can be tricky for those wanting to lose weight as food rich in spice with a lot of heat can cause the body to retain more water causing you to gain that wretched water weight.

    Medical professionals also advise avoiding high levels of salt and ensuring that you are consuming plenty of fibre – not only will this help to decrease swollen stomachs but it will also help you to maintain or keep your weight down.

    Another great food item for reducing bloatedness and aiding with weight loss is fennel. There are plenty of health benefits from fennel from preventing high blood pressure to regulating Melatonin which helps to regulate sleep, best of all Fennel is great for weight loss.

    In addition to increasing the speed of your metabolism which will in turn allow you to burn calories faster, fennel seeds make for a great snack. By chewing on Fennel seeds you will be less likely to reach for the biscuits and if you do have a habit of snacking, then fennel seeds are a healthy alternative that you enjoy without feeling guilty.

    Of course fennel also works to decrease bloating. Similar to peppermint oil, fennel is a natural anti-spasmodic meaning that you less likely to get stomach cramps, bloating and swelling and constipation.

    If saving money is important and you prefer drinks over snacks, then you can easily make your own fennel water, simply add your fennel seeds to boiling water, allow to cool to room temperature and there you have it – your very own fennel water.

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