5 Juices to Reduce Bloating and Gas

November 19, 2019
No doubt you've had the kind of stomachaches that come after a big meal or from eating something that didn't agree with you. If you want relief, try to change your bad habits, follow your doctor's advice, and avoid excess.

Food as medicine is a popular idea these days, and lots of people turn to juices and other natural remedies when they have a health problem. One popular remedy for stomachache and gas are juices that are supposed to hydrate you but also have diuretic properties that help with bloating and gas. These juices are usually made of common ingredients, mostly fruits, and vegetables.

What role should these juices play in my diet?

  • Talk to your doctor before drinking any beverage that contains “medicinal” plants or herbs.
  • Try to live a healthy lifestyle and maintain good habits. If you’re not sure what that means or how to do it, talk to your doctor.
  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of variety. That will help keep you healthy and avoid stomach problems.
  • Stay hydrated with water. Don’t overdo it with juices and smoothies. They can be a good addition to your diet, but they can’t replace the benefits of water.
  • Drink non-water beverages in moderation, as part of a balanced diet. They shouldn’t be substitutes for food, or quick fixes when you’ve eaten too much. They won’t “protect” you from getting sick.

1. Aloe vera juice

Aloe vera

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of aloe vera gel
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup of water (100 ml)

Preparation

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  • Talk to your doctor before trying this juice because aloe vera sometimes causes stomach problems.

Want to know more? Read: 10 Spectacular Uses for Aloe Vera

2. Papaya, oat, and flaxseed juice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of papaya, chopped (140 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed (10 g)
  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons of raw oats (20 g)
  • Optional: A little honey (not sugar)

Preparation

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and process them for a few minutes until smooth. Serve without straining.
  • Eat as part of a meal or as a snack. Don’t use it as a meal substitute.

3. Pineapple, grapefruit, and green tea juice

Pineapple juice

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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup of crushed pineapple (116 g)
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • The juice of 1 fresh grapefruit
  • 1 cup of green tea (250 ml)
  • Honey (optional)

Preparation

  • Add all ingredients to the blender except for the lemon juice, and blend for a few seconds until they’re well incorporated.
  • Add the lemon juice.
  • Drink in moderation.

4. Carrot and alfalfa juice

Ingredients

  • 250 ml (1 cup) of carrot juice.
  • 1 clove of raw garlic (optional).
  • Celery (1 sprig).
  • 1 handful of alfalfa sprouts.

Preparation

  • Juice the carrot and the celery, and add them to your blender along with the garlic and alfalfa.
  • Process all ingredients for a couple of minutes and drink it without straining.

Plum and apple juice

prune juice

Ingredients

  • 5 fresh plums
  • ½ apple with peel
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • Honey (optional)

Preparation

  • Process all ingredients in a blender until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Drink immediately.

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Take note!

If you have regular stomachaches that seem to be getting worse and affect your daily life, see a doctor as soon as possible. Once you get a diagnosis, follow their recommendations and try to improve your habits, especially in terms of diet and hydration.

Your doctor might recommend that you limit your consumption of the following:

  • Salt.
  • Sugar.
  • Sausages cold cuts.
  • Red meat.
  • Whole-milk dairy products.
  • Sugar.
  • Refined flour.
  • Foods high in saturated fat.
  • Processed foods.

If you have any questions about how to improve your diet or your lifestyle in general, talk to your doctor before making any changes.

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