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Gas and bloating can be an unpleasant topic for most of us but did you know that an average person passes gas around 12 to 25 times per day? In addition to this, 30 percent of Americans experience bloating. In fact, not bloating or having a flat stomach for 24 hours is not normal. The food you eat and drink require a certain amount of space in your stomach and intestines, making expansion or bloating inevitable. Therefore, bloating isn’t necessarily a cause for concern unless you’re bloated to the point of not fitting into your pants. In that case, keep reading for some of the most common culprits:1. Certain types of sugarsIt’s usually within an hour of lunch when your belly swells, compelling you to unbutton your pants or stick to sweatpants. It remains this way for a day and your stomach recoils to its original shape the next morning. Some supporters of low carb dieting explain that reducing their carb intake helped improve their bloating problem.To determine whether carbs are the cause in your case, try eliminating certain sugars, sugar alcohols, resistant starches such as those found in beans and dietary fiber.2. ConstipationAbdominal pain, a distending rock solid belly and discomfort often subsides when a person poops. If this sounds like you, chances are the cause for your belly bloat is constipation.This mainly occurs because intestinal gas normally gets trapped between slowly moving feces, making bloating more likely. To fix this, you simply need to drink more water and increase your fiber intake. However, make sure you increase your fiber intake gradually as too much, too soon can also trigger bloating. Pay special attention to insoluble fiber sources such as fruits and vegetables with skins, bran and seeds to help improve your bowel movements versus soluble sources (often the processed kinds) such as cereals and high-fiber snack foods.3. Acid RefluxIf you feel uncomfortable in your upper belly area after eating, experience bloating, feel nauseous even after a normal meal or burp excessively for an hour or so, chances are you have acid reflux or indigestion. Bloating becomes bad when you chow down on a big salad on an empty stomach because you’re dumping fiber into an acidic stomach. This is likely to result in some unpleasant symptoms.If you’re having a meal on an empty stomach, try to have a smaller, low fat meal with a glass of water. You can also try carbonated water to ease symptoms of indigestion.4. OvereatingThis is perhaps the most common cause of stomach discomfort and bloating. Try having smaller portions evenly spaced out throughout the day.5. Fatty, processed food.This can make you feel uncomfortably full as fat takes longer to digest than protein or carbs. Limit your fat intake and try baking instead of frying most of the time....
Your face and scalp consist of 10 muscle groups that are attached to bone as well as your skin – unlike other parts of your body. This factor allows us to make millions of facial expressions, which overtime can contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as we age. However, the good news is you can work these muscles in your face to tighten and tone them to make your skin appear much firmer and youthful.1. Facial YogaFacial yoga is a great routine to sculpt the muscles of your face and neck by increasing blood circulation and releasing tension in your facial muscles. It is especially beneficial in preventing smile lines and also in toning the cheek muscles.Start by standing straight but relaxed and inhaling deeply through your mouth. Trap the air in your mouth and extend your cheeks, as if you’re blowing into a trumpet. Hold for one minute and then slowly exhale via your nose. Repeat 5 times several times a day for best results.2. NeckThe front of the neck holds a muscle called the platysma. As we age, this muscle and the skin overlying it becomes loose and begins to sag. Performing a neck exercise can help tone your platysma, giving you a tighter neck and jawline. Start by sitting or standing straight and turning your head so that you’re looking at the ceiling. Keep still and press your tongue to your palate (the roof of your mouth). You should feel a slight strain in the muscles at the front of your neck. Keep pressing your palate with your tongue and bring your chin to your neck. You should feel the platsyma and your chin muscles contracting.3. CheeksAge can cause your cheek muscles to sag as well. To prevent this, stand in front of a mirror to ensure you perform this exercise right. Do your biggest smile with your lips closed and the corners of your mouths almost touching your ears. Allow your cheek muscles to move up by wrinkling your nose and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times every day to tighten facial muscles.4. ForeheadStarting to see signs of folds on your forehead already? Try doing this exercise. Place both of your index fighter right below the eyebrow, above each of your eyes. Lift your eyebrows as high as possible while pulling down the skin under it at the same time with your index fingers. Repeat 10 times every day to prevent lines on your forehead....
We are exposed to toxins from food, water and even air all the time. Fortunately, our body has an efficient detoxification system that functions all day, every day, which is composed of the liver, skin, gut, lungs and kidneys. Our main filtration system is the liver which has two major processes. Phase 1 produces toxic free radicals, which are later taken care of by phase 2, which annihilates them. However, if phase 2 slows down, there’s a high risk of a toxic buildup. To prevent these from happening, follow the given strategies:1. Drink TeaDrink tea and make it a routine habit. Once in the morning, another in the afternoon and third during sunset. You can have more, of course. Tea possesses antioxidants that fight free radicals and certain tea blends also contain herbs that promote further liver detoxification. Some great examples include teas containing burdock, dandelion root, milk thistle and peppermint. Green tea, black tea, white tea 2. Drink Plenty of WaterWater doesn’t only hydrate the body but it also helps flush toxins out of it. Drinking at least 8 glasses per day and more if you are involved in jobs requiring strenuous activity such as construction work, if you’re an athlete or regular gym goer or if you live in a hot area.3. ExerciseSweating is a great way to release toxins from your skin. Although a sauna visit is a great idea, exercising every day is even better. There are several ways exercise can help detoxify you. It can help you burn fat, which carries toxic chemicals. It increases blood and lymph circulation to remove metabolic waste and toxic waste from cells. Additionally, it helps you release toxins via sweat. Performing crunches can help tummy muscles and massage the colon, helping you remove fecal matter or solid waste more effectively.4. Use Natural Cleaning ProductsMost cleaning products consist of a byproduct called dioxin, which is a harmful chemical that may disrupt your endocrine system and immune system. It can also increase your risk of cancer and tamper with your liver detoxification. Minimize harsh, chemical-based detergents, toothpastes and skin products and use natural ingredients such as lemon juice, baking soda and apple cider vinegar for household cleaning and even personal care.5. Reduce Canned FoodsCanned foods contain BPA, a pollutant that can stimulate free radical production in the body and exhaust antioxidant reserves, increasing your risk of chronic disease.6. De-stressStress, if excessive, can be detrimental to the human mind and body. It has been scientifically proven that stress promotes risk of various problems such as weight gain, high blood sugar, hypertension, IBS, liver problems and heart disease. Work on improving your stress immediately with relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation. Make sure that you get at least 7 hours of shut-eye every day as well....
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