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How to relieve the feeling of a swollen, hard belly

The sensation of a swollen belly usually appears due to the accumulation of intestinal gases, which make the person feel the belly is puffed, in addition to a small discomfort. However, this sensation is also quite common during the woman's menstrual period, especially because of fluid retention.

Thus, it is important to identify the possible cause of the appearance of the swollen belly, as the treatment will depend on the cause. In the case of excess intestinal gases, it is generally important to invest in a diet that facilitates the functioning of the intestine. In the case of fluid retention, it is important to have a diet that helps to eliminate excess fluids.

In any case, when the discomfort is very great, it is advisable to consult a general practitioner, as there may be some other problem that is causing this swelling and that needs some more specific treatment.

How to improve bowel function

To improve bowel function and reduce the swollen belly, it is recommended to decrease the consumption of foods that can increase the formation of intestinal gases, especially those that ferment in the intestine, such as gluten-free foods, lactose foods, or yeast foods, for example. Check out the main foods that cause intestinal gas.

Some feeding tips for deflating the belly are:

  • Replace ordinary bread with "pita" bread and special gluten-free toast, as well as cereal or any food containing wheat;
  • Exchange milk and dairy products for soy-based products, for example;
  • Replace soft drinks and industrialized juices with water and coconut, because in addition to having fewer calories, they facilitate digestion;
  • Exchange red meats, sausages and canned products for grilled white meat without sauce and fresh products.

In addition, exercising and betting on a diet richer in water and fiber foods is also very important to improve bowel function and prevent the formation of intestinal gases, relieving the sensation of a swollen belly.

There are still some remedies that can be used to decrease the amount of intestinal gases, such as Luftal or activated charcoal capsules, but in this case, it is recommended to consult a doctor.

How to decrease fluid retention

In cases where the sensation of a swollen belly is caused by fluid retention, as it happens during the menstrual period, it is important to decrease the salt of the food, as well as to increase the intake of diuretic foods, such as watermelon or cucumber, for example.

Another good option also includes eating teas with diuretic action, such as parsley tea, dandelion or mackerel, which increase the amount of urine and eliminate the accumulation of fluids in the body. 

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