Man or woman: the belly is not the same for everyone
Almost 10% of Americans suffer from “swollen belly”. Despite being a very annoying disorder, in America it is still underestimated and there are very few people who ask for help from their doctor, pharmacist or trusted naturopath. It affects women more, especially after eating, in times of intense stress and a few days before the cycle. A constant sensation of fullness is perceived, which can derive, in most cases, from an accumulation of fluids or air in the intestine, more rarely from abdominal fat. As for men, however, the cause of the swollen belly is almost always an excess of fat that is concentrated in the belly area, resulting in annoying swelling.
Symptoms and causes
Who has a swollen belly feels burdened, can not breathe deeply (which is essential to oxygenate the whole body) and has the feeling of being clogged from the first bites. But, what is worse, these problems do not pass with time, on the contrary they tend to worsen. Many people also complain of abdominal swelling after meals due to the excess gas produced by the digestion process of some foods (such as legumes or fruit consumed at the end of a meal).
The origins of the disorder are slow intestinal transit (constipation), overweight and food intolerances. In all these cases the problem is mainly linked to an incorrect food style (particularly elaborate and salty dishes, fast-food, carbonated drinks or an excess of pasta, rice or potatoes, a little water, etc.). Even the hormonal fluctuations resulting from the menstrual cycle, the prolonged stress over time and some drugs, such as antidepressants, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics, can inflate the abdomen. Finally, behind the swollen belly could hide other common diseases such as colitis, gastritis and irritable colon, but also lactose intolerance or celiac disease. That’s why, in any case, the advice is to visit the gastroenterologist to rule out that it is a more serious problem such as irritable bowel or another inflammatory bowel disease not to be overlooked.
Preferably cooked vegetables; fruit away from meals; cereals and derivatives (bread, pasta, etc.) semi-wholly or refined (organic is better); fish, white meats, eggs; legumes in moderation and only if tolerated; yogurt; green tea.
Milk, cheese and very fatty foods in general; sweeteners (sorbitol, mannitol and products containing them, for example sugar-free chewing gum); excess fibers (too many whole foods and raw vegetables); alcohol, coffee and soft drinks.
Inositol for a flat stomach
What is that
Inositol, also known as vitamin B7, naturally occurring in some foods such as citrus fruits, oats, bran, legumes, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ and nuts.
Because it’s good
It cleanses the organism (liver and kidneys), reduces nervous hunger, aerophagia and intestinal air, fights constipation due to poor bowel movement, improves mood and defeats the stress that causes abdominal swelling. It is also useful for reducing the waistline and for purifying the body after antibiotic or cortisone treatment.
How to use
1 to 4 tablets a day, away from meals, with plenty of water.
The herbalist’s advice
The anise effectively counteracts intestinal gases, Java tea is useful against abdominal fat, while laurel enhances the action of the two previous herbs also improving digestion.
To prepare, proceed as follows: 1 teaspoon of aniseed, 1 of Java tea and 4 bay leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Filter and drink after meals without sweetening for a week or two. If the tea gives you excellent results, you can continue the treatment for a month.
Less bread and desserts, more protein and Omega 3 to have a waist circumference and a tonic abdomen.
We always eat the same foods. And the belly leavens – On our tables often appear the same ingredients / foods, in the form also “disguised”: wheat (bread, pasta, crackers, breadsticks, biscuits and various baked goods), milk and derivatives (cheese, yogurt, butter , cream), leavened or fermented foods (sweet and savory baked goods, cheeses, etc.), salt (cold cuts, cheeses, still baked goods, etc.), sugar and so on. And these are the very worst enemies of our line and of our abdomen, as they easily cause accumulations of fat, even abdominal, and swelling. And, even more serious, these foods predispose to diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and overweight.
A food program that solves the problem of swollen belly must therefore consider reducing the consumption of these foods, not their total elimination, but a rotation during the week: “incriminated” foods can thus be taken at predetermined times and always in moderation.
Recall also that the intake of some foods (even as a monodiet for a day), provided they are tolerated, can facilitate the resolution of the problem. Among these, pineapple (antifermentation, see also page on the side), oats (anti-irritating mucosa), carrot (antifermentations), fennel (antispasmodic and antimeteoric), lemon (antifermentation), apple (antiseptic, antifermentations and useful for the intestine), blueberry (antifermentation) and chili (antifermentations and antiseptic).
Combine the foods well and the swellings go away
According to the principles of the dissociated diet (or of the correct food combinations) if we ingest two foods that require different digestive processes, we slow down the digestion, which compromises the absorption of the various nutrients. This fact will be responsible for phenomena such as sense of heaviness, slow digestion, fermentation of ingested food, partial assimilation of various nutrients, gastrointestinal disorders (stomach acid, halitosis, flatulence with abdominal swelling, constipation, etc.).
Below we list some basic rules to favor the digestive processes, which you can adopt for a certain period of time, so as to facilitate the resolution of your problem.
Avoid associating different types of proteins (milk and meat, eggs and cheese, fish and legumes).
Do not combine carbohydrates with meat.
Avoid combining different varieties of carbohydrates (simple and complex like sugar and pasta or grapes and bread, banana and bread).
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