7 Ways to Improve Your Digestion When You're Feeling Gross and Bloated
You know those days when you feel bloated and gross and just generally the worst? Yep, they suck, but they happen to everyone. The trick is to get ahead of the problem and get things moving before bloating sets in. Here are seven of our go-to tricks to try.
Start the Day Right
…With a glass of warm water with lemon, of course. Before you dive into your first cup of coffee, drinking warm lemon water stimulates your gastrointestinal tract, making your body better able to absorb nutrients and pass food through your system with ease.
Stay Hydrated (The Right Way)
By now you know that drinking water throughout the day is essential to your overall health—including digestive functioning. But did you know there’s a right way to stay hydrated? Instead of chugging massive quantities of water all at once (which could shock your system and cause even more bloating), sip a steady amount of water throughout the day.
Eat Water-Filled Foods
As we said, hydration is key to proper digestion, but drinking water all day isn’t the only way. Munching on foods like watermelon, cucumbers and pineapple—all of which have a high water content—produces the same effects as sipping H2O.
They’re rich in vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium, all of which can reduce water retention and bloating while also keeping you, ahem, regular.
When you scarf down a full meal in three minutes, you swallow a ton of air, which can cause bloating. Chew slower and more mindfully, putting your fork down between each bite. And while you’re at it, skip the after-lunch gum, which has a similar effect.
Do a Little Yoga
A quick yoga sequence can increase blood flow to your digestive tract and rid your internal organs of constipation-causing toxins. (We like this super-simple five-pose routine.)
…Then Give Yourself a Stomach Massage
A study conducted by Umea University in Sweden found that abdominal massage increases blood flow, soothes your muscles, decreases bloating and works wonders on period cramps. Here’s how to do it correctly.