If you've always wondered how to get rid of bloating and make that desire into reality, it's totally possible—if you use your evening hours strategically. Next time you’re feeling like a pufferfish and want to stop bloated stomach, devote some time to the evening rituals below. They all blast away uncomfortable belly bloat and gas and help you stay on track toward weight loss success.
1.Enjoy a Leisurely Dinner
When you finally get home after a long day, you’re totally famished — we get it. But that doesn’t mean you should scarf down your dinner in a hurry. Eating too quickly causes you to swallow excess air, which can lead to uncomfortable gas and bloating. Slowing down and chewing with your mouth closed, on the other hand, can have the opposite effect. Fight off the urge to down your entire meal in one giant bite by snacking on something like a small piece of fruit or an ounce of nuts on your way home. Then, after you’ve settled in, sit down and have a leisurely supper.
2. Drink Lemon Water
When people retain fluid, they tend to skimp on water because they think it will make their bloating worse. Since water retention is the body's way of holding onto fluid so it doesn’t dehydrate, the opposite is true. Drinking lots of water (and skipping dehydrating booze) signals the body that it no longer needs to hold onto every last drop to stay hydrated. And since lemons are a natural diuretic, adding them to your glass will speed up the process
3. Take A Stroll
Instead of lounging around after supper, head outside for a 15-minute nighttime stroll—it’s a great way to get things moving again when you are feeling backed up and bloated. And if you regularly experience constipation, consider making walking part of your nightly routine. Doing so can help your digestive system function optimally day-to-day and keep future puffiness at bay. Worried about exercising so close to bedtime? Don’t be! Research shows that active people are up to 67 percent more likely to get a good night's sleep—no matter what time of day they exercise.
4. Sip On Ginger Tea
Inflammation, often brought on by spicy foods, dairy and chemical additives, may be to blame for your puffy tummy. According to numerous studies, ginger, traditionally used to ease stomach pain, blocks several genes and enzymes in the body that promote bloat-causing inflammation. If you prefer the taste of chai tea, typically made from a blend of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger, that may also do the trick— but may be less potent. Not a fan of ginger or chai? There are plenty of other teas that make great bloating solutions.