The little things count, and they can make a big difference!
Since I have the shape of a peanut, with a large belly, this article caught my eye. It is about how to shrink your belly.
Most of us carry 5 to 10 lbs of water weight around our belly. A few simple ways to help get rid of it.
1. Reach for the sky. Gently stretching your abdominal muscles can help move fluids that are trapped in your liver for disposal. Simply push your palm, one at a time, then both at once, toward the sky. Then stretch your arms out to your sides and twist your upper body from side to side. Finish by bending over so your upper body hangs toward the floor. Doing these simple exercises for 5 minutes, twice a day, can make a big difference.
2. Roll up a towel. Tucking a rolled up towel or small pillow behind your lower back when you are seated can have a big effect on belly swelling. Keeping your back aligned & properly supported, improves circulation & can help trapped gasses & fluids to be released.
3. Take a 15 minute stroll. Just a 15 minute walk every day can help cut bloat in your belly by improving blood-vessel tone so fluids can't build up in surrounding tissues.
Any thoughts on this? Ever heard of such a thing, as retaining fluids in your abdomen?
FUN: Are you afraid of snakes, lizards or spiders?
I'm not afraid of snakes, lizards or spiders. Having said that, I really hate walking through a spider web I didn't see before walking through it. Yuck! There are lots of lizards around here. DH names the ones he sees in our yard; it's not unusual for me to hear, "Hiya, Ralphie, whatcha up to today?" and things like that.
I've never heard of any of these ideas. The first one (reaching for the sky first with one arm and then with the other) sounds very easy; easy enough that I might even give it a try!
I have a cushion that goes behind my back, both at my desk at home and at my desk at my chiropractor's (where I work a few hours twice a week).
I'd like to take a 15-minute stroll even a few times a week...
Last Edit: Jun 14, 2021 18:33:06 GMT by Holly Gail
Interesting. I think the kidneys and sweating and a few other activities expel more water than other things...except perhaps medication
1. Reach for the sky.
* Interesting idea...stretching is always a good idea...should do more of it
2. Roll up a towel. I can see that sitting with good posture would keep blood flowing better than being bent in the middle.
3. Take a 15 minute stroll. I do feel better when I do and it does get circulation moving and THAT is needed to keep the fluids moving.
Those with ascites have fluid in their bellies but that has to do with liver and kidney failure more than not sitting properly (I think).
FUN: Are you afraid of snakes, lizards or spiders?
🐍 I don't like them in the house and prefer not to be too near the poisonous vipers on our land and don't seek snakes out BUT can let them live and do let them pass on by. Hate being startled by them and would hate to be bitten by one. They serve a purpose and keep the rodent population down.
🕷️ I know they keep insects down inside the house and outside so again...not a problem BUT don't hope to ever come in contact with a poisonous one and wouldn't keep one as a pet
🦎 I think these are fun and really enjoyed watching a hill of sand (used in construction) start emitting baby lizards that just had been born. They were numerous and headed off in all directions. The snakes eat them so my husband would rather not have a lot of rodents and lizards because he is not a fan of snakes...or at least poisonous ones.
Even if those don't really move fluid, they are all good ideas in any case - stretching, good posture and moving are all good!
I wouldn't enjoy keeping snakes, spiders or lizards as pets (well, maybe lizards, but still not a top choice) so I'm thinking about these in the wild. I'm not fond of snakes, mainly because of the surprise factor and the way the move. I would likely jump and possibly scream if surprised by one and would get out of the area. No issues with spiders in normal circumstances - I wouldn't want a whole bunch of them around. Not many lizards to be found in this area, any that would be are quite small and non-frightening.
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I know fluid can build up in the body, and there are times my fingers swell enough that my rings are tight, but I guess I never knew specifically about the belly holding more than other places. And I agree with Judy that stretching, good posture, and movement are good at all times. I need to work on my posture.
I'm not afraid of snakes, spiders, or lizards but I do get startled sometimes when I unexpectedly come upon a snake. We don't have any poisonous snakes where I live, although occasionally a rattlesnake will hitch a ride in a load of oilfield pipe. We are divided here by the Missouri river and there are rattle snakes in the country south of the river. We do have bull snakes, and they can become quite large. I don't mind them as they can take care of lots of mice and small gophers. As for spiders, I'm not really afraid of them, but I am grossed out by the large ones.
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I have never heard of "belly fluid" before, though I guess it is possible. A while back, someone suggested reaching for the sky as a good stretching exercise. I have been doing it every morning for a while. It does seem to help me feel better. A good stroll would always be good for the body & the soul.
I am a country girl & I'm not afraid of much, but I am terrified of snakes. I don't care if they're poisonous or not!!! I freak out every time I see one. We do have some in this area that are poisonous. We have rattlesnakes & cottonmouths, just to name a couple. Once Ihad a snake in my house & I went nuts until I beat it to death with a broom. I used to be startled by lizards (though the ones we have here are not poisonous). I have had them in the kitchen several times, I just sweep them out with the broom. When I used to have a cat, sometimes she would feast on them. I would find them with legs chewed off, etc. After we started spending 2 weeks in Florida every year, they are all over the place down there & often in the condo. I have gotten more used to them & don't pay them a lot of attention. I have never been afraid of spiders.