Sometimes, to deflate the belly it is useful to resort to some natural remedies. Let’s see what they are and how to use them.
A swollen belly is a very common and equally frequent condition. It is characterized by excessive bloating and abdominal tension, which can sometimes be accompanied by other ailments. The belly is the part of the body that undergoes various changes during the day. It expands, empties then swells again. This aspect takes into consideration the organs it contains and their functions (intestinal, digestive, endocrine).
With proper nutrition, an active lifestyle and the use of some natural remedies for a swollen tummy, a lot can be done to deflate the abdomen and free yourself from this annoying ailment. Let’s see now, instead, what are the most effective natural remedies to counteract the phenomenon of abdominal swelling.
How to deflate the belly with natural remedies
The first natural remedy to deflate the belly is definitely to have an active lifestyle. It is known, in fact, that an active lifestyle is beneficial for the whole organism and, therefore, also for the intestine. In fact, doing constant movement helps intestinal regularity, preventing diarrhea and constipation.
On the contrary, a sedentary lifestyle, in addition to being a risk factor for numerous other pathologies, favors the malfunction of the gastrointestinal system, thus accentuating the disturbance of the swollen stomach and, more generally, of the irritable colon. In addition to this, we can associate real natural remedies that promote the well-being of the intestine and help deflate the belly. Let’s see what they are and how to use them.
1. Charcoal to eliminate swelling
Charcoal is one of the most common natural remedies for a swollen belly. It is a dark colored powder, obtained through wood processing that has high adsorbing capacity, therefore its intake is recommended after meals in case of abdominal swelling, flatulence and abdominal tension. For this property, it is essential that it is taken away from medicines to prevent it from absorbing the active ingredients, reducing their effectiveness. It also exists in the form of tablets, more convenient than powder, to be taken after meals.
2. Lemon for the well-being of the intestine
Lemon juice prevents a swollen and hard belly thanks to its draining and detoxifying properties. To obtain an enviable result, eliminating swelling in the belly, in the morning and in the evening prepare an excellent deflating herbal tea by mixing the squeezed juice of half a lemon and half a teaspoon of powdered ginger in a cup of hot water. If you use ginger root, it is better to boil it for five minutes and then leave it to infuse for the same time. By following this practice for a few consecutive days you will regain your intestinal well-being and help the belly to deflate. This remedy should be avoided for those suffering from gastritis and gastroesophageal reflux.
3. Green tea: deflating and draining
Green tea has draining and deflating properties, which cannot be done without, for those who want to have a flat stomach. Theophylline and theobromine are the two substances that participate in the disposal of waste and lipids and promote drainage. The quantity indicated to obtain an appreciable result varies from 3 to five cups a day. It is not recommended in pregnancy, children and those suffering from insomnia or nervousness due to the caffeine content.
4. Chamomile against abdominal swelling
Chamomile can be considered as an emergency remedy in case of abdominal bloating. The carminative effect acts on meteorism which, as we have seen, is one of the main causes of intestinal swelling.
Recipe for a deflating herbal tea with chamomile: you need a slice of lemon, a heaped teaspoon of fennel seeds and a tablespoon of chamomile. Bring water to a boil (to fill a cup), turn off the heat and add the mix. Leave to infuse for three to five minutes and drink hot. The ideal is to drink it after a meal, especially if it is abundant.
5. Ginger, to deflate and digest better
Fresh ginger root aids digestion and counteracts the formation of intestinal gas, reducing the symptoms of a swollen belly. It can be taken in the form of herbal tea, boiling 2 cm of fresh root in 200 m of water for about 10 minutes, or in liquid extract, available in herbal medicine.
6. Apples, to prevent swelling
The apple, eaten cooked or raw, thanks to the richness of dietary fiber, promotes intestinal transit, aids digestion and prevents abdominal swelling. Furthermore, apples reduce the fermentation processes caused by the intestinal bacterial flora. The ideal would be to consume them between meals. Avoid consuming them if you suffer from irritable bowel, as they could have the opposite effect due to the high content of fodmap.
7. Fennel: an aid for digestion
The consumption of fresh fennel, cooked or raw, or herbal teas based on fennel seeds promotes digestion and effectively fights abdominal bloating from flatulence, meteorism or aerophagia. A cup of herbal tea with fennel seeds after meals can provide immediate relief. Another convenient solution are the tablets often associated with charcoal to enhance the deflating action. The dosage is one or two tablets based on individual needs, after lunch and dinner.
Using other carminative plants after meals also helps relieve discomfort. These plants or seeds are capable of promoting gas expulsion and digestion. Among them we find, in addition to the aforementioned fennel seeds, cumin seeds, laurel, angelica and mint. For the seeds we can prepare a decoction by boiling a teaspoon in 200 ml of water and then letting it rest for 15 minutes. For herbs, on the other hand, it is sufficient to boil the water and then put a spoonful of it and leave to infuse for 15 minutes.
8. Pineapple: deflating fruit par excellence
Pineapple is the deflating fruit par excellence. The active ingredient is bromelain with anti-edematogenic and anti-inflammatory effects. We offer you a super deflating extract.
Ingredients: two slices of fresh pineapple, three large strawberries, a handful of cherries, half a stalk of celery and a pinch of ginger.
Preparation: Clean and cut the fruit and celery stalk into chunks. Place them in the juicer and add the ginger. If you don’t have the powder, an inch-sized chunk of ginger root may work. The deflating effect is guaranteed.
9. Lactic ferments for intestinal well-being
Lactic ferments restore intestinal flora and deflate the abdomen. Depending on the type of dysbiosis present, different strains will be used. Acidophils act on swelling caused by iatrogenic, antibiotic and lactose intolerance. The rhamnosus is supportive in case there are generalized food intolerances that cause abdominal tension. Lactobacillus plantarum is a valuable contributor to meteorism. The salivarius instead is used for intestinal swellingputrefactive type. Ask your doctor for advice on the ones that best suit your needs.
10. Colon hydrotherapy
Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient intestinal cleansing practice that has come to the fore in the last decade. It is practiced by experienced doctors and can be useful for cleaning the colon of old fecal impacts, often the cause of abdominal swelling. The patient is lying on a bed assisted by a healthcare professional. A specula is introduced into the patient’s anal orifice connected with a flexible tube to a machine capable of bringing hot water into the colon and subsequently pushing it out through a second tube together with the fecal material. The session lasts about an hour and can be repeated throughout the year, especially during the seasonal change. It is contraindicatedin case of severe kidney failure, heart problems, hemorrhoids. In the presence of other pathologies it is good to talk to your doctor first.
Herbal tea to quickly deflate the belly
To eliminate the air in the belly in a short time it may be useful to take an herbal tea prepared with specific ingredients, to be taken after a meal or if necessary. Below we offer you an effective and very good recipe.
To make a cup you need : 2 teaspoons of dried mint leaves, 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon of lemon balm leaves, 1 piece of ginger root (about 1 cm peeled). First of all, boil the ginger with the fennel seeds for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat, add the other ingredients and leave to infuse for another 10 minutes, then filter and drink the herbal tea.
The deflating effects of this drink will be visible just a few minutes after taking it.