3 ways to drink your way into a flatter tummy

One of the reasons you may not see definition in your stomach – despite putting in all the work at the gym and eating healthier – is due to bloating.

Not only does this abnormal gas swelling make it difficult for you to fit into your little LBD (Little Black Dress), it can also be a painful experience. Ouch!

Gassiness and bloating is often a result of a poor diet and bad habits. Here are 7 common reasons why you may be regularly experiencing this discomfort:

  1. Eating too much, too quickly.
  2. Drinking loads of soda and other carbonated beverages.
  3. Chewing gum regularly which leads you to take in excess air.
  4. Not watching your sodium intake.
  5. Eating bloat-inducing foods such as beans, Brussels sprouts and dairy.
  6. Drinking through a straw as it forces you to suck in extra air.
  7. Increase in the progesterone hormone (particularly right before your period and during pregnancy).

There are many ways to reduce this gassy feeling but today’s focus is how to do so through what you drink.

As they say, prevention is better than cure so try and adopt the following drinks into your diet to curb constipation and bloating.

Cheers to a flatter tummy, ladies and gents!

Load up on green tea

Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages you’ll find on the planet as it has so many benefits. One of which happens to be reducing constipation. Because it’s a digestive stimulant, it helps reduce intestinal gas and constipation partly due to its a laxative effect. Not to mention aiding in weight loss!

And if you’re not a fan of green tea, try peppermint. It’s said to relax your intestine muscles and help with gas and bloating.

Drink your chia seeds

This superfood has become incredibly popular in recent years and for good reason. It’s packed with loads of nutrients and, in fact, a single serving has more calcium than a glass of milk and as many antioxidants as blueberries.

Chia seeds are also great for digestion and a good way to down them would be to add some seeds to your water (another element that helps with constipation as well weight loss so yay!)

Make sure to drink about 2litres per day and it should help get things flowing in your system and reduce your bloated feeling.

Go green… Smoothie-style

Women need about 25g serving of fiber per day so a green smoothie is a perfect way to load up on this. A nice go-to recipe would be one frozen banana, a little bit of mango, some water and loads of spinach and/or kale.

Fun fact: the potassium in the banana and mango is said to be a great way to flush out excess liquid out of your system and hopefully reduce bloating!

For good measure, try throwing in a teaspoon of chia seeds into the mix and voila. Super delicious and helps keeps things moving in your system so as to reduce that bloated feeling.

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  1. Avatar jija Zieni March 6th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    The first assignment for the next national assembly/ senate/bunge/whatever is to clearly define what is a cast vote. The law is ambigous when it comes to this issue and an amendment to the constitution is wanting on this part. Depending on which side you are looking at this issue, you are either favourable to the version of interpretation that favors your political orientation.

    1. Avatar Edwin Edwin March 6th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      The law is clear on whether rejected ballots can be tallied alongside valid ballots.

      Pursuant to article 82 (1) (d) of the constitution of Kenya, Parliament
      has enacted laws to provide for the conduct of elections. These are the
      Elections Act 2011 and the Elections General Regulations 2012.

      Here is what the law states.

      Section 109 (1) (p) of the Elections Act 2011 states that the IEBC may:

      “prescribe the procedure to be followed in the counting of votes and
      the circumstances in which votes may be rejected by a returning officers
      as being invalid”

      Regulation 77 (1) of the
      Elections General Regulations 2012, sets out the conditions under which a
      ballot paper may be rejected and states that:

      “Any ballot paper—

      (a) which does not bear the security features determined by the Commission;

      (b) on which votes are marked, or appears to be marked against the names of, more than one candidate;

      (c) on which anything is written or so marked as to be uncertain for whom the vote has been cast;

      (d) which bears a serial number different from the serial number of the
      respective polling station and which cannot be verified from the
      counterfoil of ballot papers used at that polling station; or

      (e) is unmarked,

      shall, subject to subregulation (2), be void and shall not be counted.”

      Sub-regulation 2, for the avoidance of doubt, states that the presiding
      officer may uphold a ballot paper if the intention of the voter can be
      clearly discerned.

      The regulations also state that
      the determination of whether a ballot paper is valid or rejected is at
      the discretion of the presiding officer and is made at the point of
      counting of ballots.

      It follows, therefore, that a
      declaration by the presiding officer that a ballot is rejected, is
      tantamount to a statutory declaration that the ballot is invalid and
      void for the purpose of the election.

      Concerning the constitutional provision being relied on to count “all the votes” cast,

      Article 138 (4) (a) states:

      “A candidate shall be declared elected as President if the candidate
      receives more than half of all the votes cast in the election.”

      This provision, however, cannot be read in isolation and must be read
      in the context of the entirety of election law. The relevant
      considerations are as follows:

      Article 138 (3) (c) of the constitution states:

      “In a presidential election, after counting the votes in the polling
      stations, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission shall
      tally and verify the count and declare the result.”

      The constitution states the principle, but it is parliament that
      delimits the framework within which the principle is implemented and
      interpreted. Moreover, because the election law, as enacted by
      parliament, is not in contravention of the constitution, it is valid for
      the purpose of setting the framework.

      Bearing this
      in mind, consider once again the provisions of elections regulation 77
      (1) which states that rejected ballots shall “be void and shall not be

      Consider also that section 109 (1) (p) of the Elections Act states that a rejected ballot shall be treated “as being invalid”

      The definition of the word void, by any english dictionary, means of no
      legal effect; whereas the word invalid means not legally or officially
      acceptable. As such, a rejected ballot:

      cannot be considered to have been validly cast for the purpose of Article 138 (4) (a) of the constitution; and

      as the elections regulations clearly state “shall not be counted”
      for the purpose of Article 138 (3) (c) of the constitution.

      Consequently, on the question of whether or not rejected ballots should
      be computed alongside valid ballots, a very basic principle of law is
      to be applied: you cannot approbate and reprobate at the same time. A
      ballot is either valid, in which case it is included in the tallying of
      ballots for candidates; or it is rejected, in which case it is void and
      excluded in the tallying of ballots for the candidates.

      In this instance, the law is unambiguous. Rejected ballots are legally
      condemned as being void and invalid and therefore cannot be included in
      the tallying of ballots alongside valid ballots; and in point of law
      cannot be counted except for the sole purpose of accounting for how many
      ballots were rejected.

  2. Avatar Kalu Wanjala March 6th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Ati demand, can’t they take their grievances to court

  3. Avatar Francis March 6th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    There is no way logical or otherwise that would make a rejected ballot count in the tally unless a rule was designed to determine to whom it should count to.The vote was for 8 candidates and not 9 whereby the ninth candidate is now called “rejected spoiled ballots”. In fact if one was to “spoil” a ballot before casting it – a new one could issued and the voter votes and the “original ballot marked spoiled and explanations given for auditing purposes”. In other words you could have everyone voting “correctly but still have messed up ballots”. It is true that a ballot could have “deformed features” and the clerk marks it as spoilt and continues to issue a new one.Further a voter who puts a senators ballot in the presidential box will have the ballot counted as rejected “for president” and it will go into the tally.But this ballot had nothing to do with presidential vote.Theoretically it is then possible to have 10 people out of ten in a station vote but still have “rejected votes” which would mean there were more than 10 voters in that station. For IEBC to use the rejected votes in the tally they will need to first audit and answer what rejected means for all polling stations because rejected could mean “invalid” in some cases. This is an exercise am sure the IEBC would not want to subject the country to.The vote is about the intention of the vote and how they expressed it by a VOTE (DETERMINATIVE VOTE/COUNTABLE VOTE) WHERE we do not know what the voter is saying the IEBC cannot assign a verdict by counting such intent. It is not about showing “up” for i could bring my cucu and not vote! If the commission used such “logic” during referendum in 2010 it would have been possible that the law would not passed by 50% since the third question “here called rejected votes of about 200,000” would have tilted the no/yes votes. IEBC must strive to look for all avenues that will make/bring clarity than dig for “illogical/raw interpretation of the clause”. The only legal question that arise regarding rejected votes is whether a criteria could be used to count them as valid “towards different candidates” Bush vs. AL G. ” in florida in 2001.You cannot tally them as votes other than auditing of records!

  4. Avatar nganga nai March 8th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    am not an expert in law or constitution matters, but i voted for one person not a fraction of my candidate. by introduction of rejected votes my vote is shared by this other person. i hold that each person has a right to vote,and only on vote .


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