Is there anything worse than feeling bloated after eating? That horrible, uncomfortable sensation that makes it feel like your stomach is as hard as a rock… And puts you off ever eating again (well, until next time). However, bloating is actually quite common and plenty of us will experience it at some point in our lives. Often, it’s due to the food we are eating more than how much we’ve actually eaten. If you’re finding it hard to beat the bloat, try eating these foods instead.
If you’ve ever used cucumber to reduce the puffiness in your eyes, then you might understand how this humble vegetable can also be used to reduce the puffiness in your belly. Cucumbers contain something called quercetin which is a type of antioxidant that can help reduce swelling. If you’re not a big fan of eating cucumber, or are eating a meal where cucumber wouldn’t make sense, try it in water instead. Swap your sugary, carbonated drinks – which are seriously bad for bloat – with cucumber water. You may be surprised at what a difference it makes.
If your bloating is caused by eating too much sodium, such as seriously salty foods, then you may want to chow down on some bananas. This fruit is rich in potassium which can help regulate the sodium levels in your body and help prevent water retention. Other fruits that also do this include oranges and kiwis, just in case you’re not a fan of bananas. Also, bananas have soluble fiber in them which can help prevent constipation. If your bloating is due to feeling all backed up, then this yellow fruit could give you a helping hand.
When it comes to anti-bloating, asparagus is the ultimate superfood. This vegetable helps you flush out any excess water, which may be the cause of all that bloating. On top of this, prebiotics in asparagus can help promote ‘good bacteria’ in the gut which helps to reduce gas. Finally, the humble asparagus is packed full of fiber that you need for good digestive health. If you struggle with bloating then it’s definitely time to get on board with asparagus!
If you want to get even more good bacteria in your gut, then you’ll want to invest in some yogurt with probiotics. These can help regulate your digestion and look after your digestive tract, which can then help reduce bloating. If you’re not a fan of the taste of this kind of yogurt, then don’t be afraid to add a little natural sweetener such as honey or jam. This for breakfast will certainly help you beat the bloat throughout the day!
One of the best foods to get rid of bloating is peppermint, as it can help relax the GI muscles and prevent them from spasming. This, in turn, can reduce the gas that builds up in your stomach and causes all of that uncomfortable bloating. Enjoying a nice cup of peppermint tea after a meal can really help curb the bloat.
Next time you’re feeling bloated, try eating one of these foods to help!