Learn these tips for quick and long-term relief.
So you’ve been feeling extra gassy, uncomfortable and round these days, but it’s not that time of the month, and you’ve been pretty careful about what you eat too. What gives? Bloating, indigestion and constipation can arise due to a multitude of factors. You probably know that not drinking enough water, avoiding the loo, hormonal shifts around your period and consuming gas-inducing foods like beans, cruciferous vegetables and onions can make you feel uncomfortable. However, those are just the tip of the iceberg. Read on to discover more ways to nip bloating, indigestion and constipation in the bud.
1. Stop drinking with a straw
Think twice before reaching for a straw. No, it’s not just for the environment. Gulping in all that air before each sip can cause excessive gassiness and a rounder tummy—on a related note, you’d probably also want to stay away from carbonated drinks to avoid flatulence and all that unnecessary sugar. Just drink straight from the cup instead. It’ll prevent wrinkles from forming around your lips, too.
2. Move more
Now that we’ve been spending more time at home and getting less physical activity, you may be experiencing more bloating, indigestion and gassiness than ever. Though seemingly unrelated, it turns out that lack of exercise has quite a lot to do with these uncomfortable symptoms. Moving around keeps your muscles active to stimulate your digestive system and keep things moving along. Aim to complete the Health Promotion Board’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate- to high-intensity activities a week. These could include jogging, playing frisbee in the park, brisk walking home from the train station and carrying groceries up the stairs. You may also want to throw in daily stretches, especially around your lower back and midsection, to further relieve stubborn gassiness and constipation.
3. Cut down on processed foods
They’re handy to keep around the house, especially when you want to avoid multiple supermarket trips, but convenience foods like canned soups, packaged snacks and instant noodles are often high in sodium which cause your body to retain water. Cookies, canned fruits and packet drinks are also high in natural and artificial sugars which your body may have problems digesting. This eventually leads to bloating. Rely on home-cooked meals instead. Beat the urge to open a packet or can by making big batches of food you can freeze, meal-prepping for the week ahead or washing, cutting and storing vegetables so they’re ready for quick stir-fries.
4. Nix alcohol and caffeinated drinks
These were not the drinks experts had in mind when they said to “stay hydrated”. Unlike water, alcohol is considered a diuretic which causes your body to expel water and create hard stools. Caffeinated drinks may also have the same effect, depending on how your body reacts to the beverage or caffeine content. Bring a large bottle of water with you whenever you head out so you’re less tempted to pick up a kopi, bubble tea or a fancy latte. At night, unwind with a non-caffeinated tea or kombucha instead of knocking back an alcoholic tipple which health experts are increasingly cautioning against.
5. Focus on mental health to beat stress
Though the link isn’t entirely obvious, stress can lead to the annoying symptoms you’re trying to beat. That’s because when you’re anxious or tense, your body is constantly preparing for an emergency. This fight-or-flight mode creates inflammation as well as releases hormones that slow digestion, both of which aggravate your situation. Get more exercise to alleviate worries, meditate, try aromatherapy, take time off or indulge in a hobby to reduce stress.
6. Give Kinohimitsu drinks a go for quick relief
If you’ve had indigestion or constipation for a while, toxins can build up in your colon and cause weight gain, body odour, bloating and blemishes. Kinohimitsu offers two of their bestselling drinks to combat this: Detox Enzyme and D’Tox Plum Juice.
Kinohimitsu Detox Enzyme is a concentrate created by fermenting 75 fruits and vegetables for a whole year. This proprietary process produces enzymes that improve digestion for better nutrient absorption, and it also balances your gut, keeping bowel movements regular to help your body get rid of waste and toxins quickly. The enzyme comes in a handy packet that you can dissolve in 150ml of water and drink once a day before or after a meal. To start, go for one sachet a day for six consecutive days. Afterwards, you can take one to three sachets a week or whenever your digestive system starts feeling sluggish.
Alternatively, reach for Kinohimitsu D’Tox Plum Juice if you feel like your lower abdomen is clogged up. Packed with a high concentration of dietary fibre, it’s a non-laxative drink that works within two to four hours to soften and break down blockages and stimulate muscles throughout your colon to move things along more quickly. At the same time, it boosts the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract, helping to strengthen your natural immunity. For best results, you’ll want to have one bottle a day after a meal for six days. Afterwards, take one to three bottles a week, or whenever necessary, to maintain the effects.
While both these drinks aren’t meant to have a slimming effect, some customers have shared that sipping them has led to weight loss, flatter tummies as well as shapelier figures. For more information or to shop the drinks, head to sg.kinohimitsu.com.
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