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Did you know that leading a sedentary lifestyle can affect your digestion, leading to the feeling of bloatedness after every meal? Under 中医, the body is believed to be suffering from an excess of ‘yang’ energy, leading to an imbalance of the yin and yang. 

What causes bloating? 

According to TCM, there are 3 organs in the body that might be experiencing some issues that contribute to bloating – the stomach, spleen and liver. 

The stomach and spleen primarily aid in the digestion of food, absorbing nutrients transporting them the different parts of the body. However, when these organs fail to digest the food in our body properly, this gives rise to qi stagnation. They will accumulate in the stomach, giving the feeling of a bloated stomach. 

Another factor might be due to consuming too much cold foods, such as sashimi and cold beverages. When there is too much ‘yin’ energy, the stomach fails to digest foods properly, causing blood stagnation. 

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1. Rose and Hawthorn Tea

Hawthorn is touted for its cardiovascular benefits as well as its anti-inflammatory properties. But did you know that it’s also great for digestion? Hawthorn alone can taste bitter, so add in some rose tea leaves and honey to make it a great cup of tea for breakfast or during the day! 

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2. Lemon water

Acidic in nature, lemon is able to relieve bloating as well as indigestion. Add lemon in your water and drink them regularly to help with your digestion!

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3. Ginger 

Ginger is one of the most well-known effective TCM herb to help expel wind and gas for bloated tummy! For the most effective way, cut some slices of raw ginger and let it simmer in boiling water along with some red dates for a minute or two. You can choose to add rock sugar or honey to taste!

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4. Peppermint

Peppermint can help food to be absorbed better in the body and relieving gas. Have a cup of peppermint tea daily to improve your digestion. You can also add some lemon to make it more flavourful!

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5. Yogurt

Yogurt is filled with probiotics also known as the ‘good’ bacteria that is good for the digestive system. Eating yogurt helps to keep things moving in your intestines, preventing bloated tummy.

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6. Banana

Though gas plays a big part in causing a bloated tummy, too much sodium intake can also be a reason! Too much sodium in the body can cause water retention around the abdomen area which leads to bloated tummy. Cut down on your processed food and drink at least 8 glasses of water daily! On the other hand, load up on bananas! They are filled with potassium that can help to offset the effects of water retention.

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7. Papaya

Papayas are filled with an enzyme called papain that aids digestion, making it easier to break down food and reduce any gas accumulation that leads to a bloated stomach. It also has high fiber content, great for helping you to clear waste out of your system.