Natural Remedies to Reduce Abdominal Swelling

Start to include more fruit and vegetable in your diet. Fried foods and carbonated beverages are the worst enemies of a flat abdomen.
Natural Remedies to Reduce Abdominal Swelling
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 27 May, 2022

We’ve all experienced a bloated stomach after eating a heavy meal. There are many other causes too though, and in today’s article we show you how to reduce abdominal swelling.

When our stomachs bloat it just look like we’ve put on a load of weight. We feel so uncomfortable, and feel bad about ourselves. We can, however, reduce abdominal swelling with a few simple pieces of advice, mentioned below, which you can incorporate into your diet.

What causes abdominal swelling?

Eating too quickly

Some people think that if they don’t eat fast, they’ll never get rid of the hunger.  But just the opposite is true. You’ll continue to feel hungry, because the feeling of fullness takes 20 to 25 minutes to reach the brain.

If you don’t chew your food well, you aren’t allowing the enzymes to enter your saliva and combine correctly with the carbohydrates.  This means that your food will not ferment as it should in the intestines.

What can I do to avoid eating so quickly?

One option is to start your meals by serving each dish individually, starting with a salad.

Too much fried food in your diet?

Reduce abdominal swelling by cutting out fried food

Battered food, fried potatoes, casseroles, and stews all use a lot of oil in their preparation.  These fats are not easily digested.  They stay in our stomach, and swell it after each meal.

Solutions: Cook your food on a griddle, in the oven, or steam it rather than frying.  Olive oil penetrates foods less than other oils. It is always better to let fried foods sit on a paper towel for a while, in order to absorb the excess oil.

Fizzy drinks

Drinking fizzy drinks obviously fills your belly with gas. If they contain sugar, then we are consuming what are known as “empty calories”. These give us energy, but to weight gain. Carbonated water, while it doesn’t contain calories, does also swell the stomach. The results are even worse you drank during meals.

Fiber in moderation

If we don’t eat enough fiber then it’s likely that we’ll get constipated. However, eating more than what the body needs is also bad. It’s best to eat fiber in moderation, as too much leads to diarrhea and abdominal swelling.

Look after your digestive enzymes

Eating all of your food with processed flour, like breakfast cereals, bread, cooking, pasta, and even rice, depletes our digestive enzymes as these foods don’t contain any enzymes. This results in weaker digestive powers, which, in the end, leads to abdominal swelling and gases.

Whole foods

The nutritional value of whole foods are unbeatable: vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. They also provide the enzymes in our digestive system with energy to help reduce abdominal swelling.

Watermelon to reduce abdominal swelling

  • Fresh fruit is very easily digested.  It contains fiber and large amounts of water.  It also has very little fat, and so a fruit salad for dinner is an excellent option.  Good options are watermelon, apricot pieces and cherries. If possible, use a good variety of different fruits.
  • Salads that combine lettuce, corn, spinach, and fruit, like pineapple and papaya, are excellent for digestion. It’s always best to include fruit in your meals.
  • Sprouts, soya, alfalfa, and lentils. All of these are very healthy foods, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and low in fat. They are perfect in vegetable stews, soups, and cold salads. They can even be included in tortillas!
  • Sauerkraut, or fermented cabbage. This contains very beneficial dietary fiber, thanks to the process of fermentation that this food goes through. As a result, it is much more digestible, and it’s great in salads. We can reduce the excess salt by adding water to it just before serving.
  • Horchata (a milky Spanish drink made from tiger nuts and almonds) makes a very pleasant beverage. It also helps to reduce abdominal swelling.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.