It’s Valentine’s day and of course, there is every possibility of you getting bloated as a result of eating the wrong things or not eating right at all. How then do you deal with bloating and the discomfort that comes with it.

When we talk about bloating, we’re not talking about extra pounds of stomach fat here. We’re talking about the temporary abdominal distention that plagues most everyone from time to time.

Here are some tips to help you.

1. Take more water.

Boosting your water intake can work wonders. Water flushes waste out of your system and helps get things moving if you’re constipated, which is a frequent cause of bloating. You also shouldn’t forget to eat lots of fruits and veggies, because they’re about 80 to 90 percent water.

2. Eat more fiber.

Fiber prevents constipation by adding bulk, which helps everything move through the intestines more quickly.  Throughout the day, snack on other high-fiber foods like strawberries, blueberries, dried nuts. But be careful that you don’t add too much fiber too fast, or you’ll feel even more bloated than before. Your body needs time to get used to processing the increased bulk.

3. Cut back on gassy foods.

Beans and some vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage contain sugars that are difficult for some people to digest. But you don’t have to give them up entirely. Instead, eat just a half-cup serving of these foods at a time.

4. Be active.

Even a quick ten-minute walk could help relieve bloating. Exercise helps gas pass through the digestive tract more quickly, so you feel better faster.

5. Be careful with your milk intake

If milk, yogurt, and other dairy products give you gas, start with small servings and slowly up your intake over time, just as you would with other hard-to-digest foods.

6. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

One big cause of bloating is swallowing too much air when you eat. For example, you might gulp air if you snack on the run and eat too quickly, talk while eating, drink from a straw, or gulp a lot of soda. Force yourself to take more time for meals, skip carbonated drinks, and eat smaller amounts of food at each sitting. One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of air you swallow is to chew with your mouth closed.

You don’t have to get bloated. You can take your meal intake mopre seriously, you know.

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