Bloating is a common digestive problem that has probably affected you at some point in your life. It manifests through a swollen belly which can grow to the size of a football and is quite unpleasant. It is, however, usually a minor problem, although it sometimes may be a sign of colon cancer.
The main causes of bloating are lack of beneficial bacteria in the gut, excessive gasses, constipation, poor diet and stress. Food intolerances and allergies are also a common culprit for bloating and the good news is that you can try an elimination process to see which foods is causing the problem and eliminate it from your diet.
Here are the most common bloating culprits:
Dairy products are the most common culprits for bloating, especially in lactose intolerant people. If this is the case, reducing your intake of cheese, yogurt and milk or eliminating them from your diet will surely resolve the problem and prevent further complications.
Cabbage, Asparagus And Broccoli
Besides their rich nutrient density and great health benefits, these veggies contain a lot of raffinose, a compound that can make you gassy. Raffinose is a sugar that remains undigested until it reaches the large intestine, which can make you bloated. If you want to reduce the size of your belly, avoiding these vegetables is a good start.
Beans are full of a sugar called oligosaccharide which the body can’t digest properly. In order to prevent bloating caused by beans, we suggest soaking them in water first.
Pears And Apples
Both apples and pears contain a lot of soluble fiber which is actually good for our digestion, However, some people can’t tolerate it, leading to bloating and excess gasses.
Artificial sweeteners can be found in processed food, gums and candies and are one of the main reasons for bloating, especially in children.
Too much sodium in the body can trigger water retention which can lead to bloating and a host of other problems. To prevent them, stick to 2300 mg. of the mineral per day.
Carbonated drinks including beer are full of carbon dioxide which has the ability to inflate your belly.
The good news is that by eliminating these foods and drinks from your diet and incorporating others you can resolve the problem once and for all.
Here are foods which can help you eliminate bloating:
Caraway seeds have carminative properties, which means that they can prevent the formation of gasses in the intestines. They will also boost the beneficial bacteria in your gut, resulting in much better digestion.
Just like caraway seeds, fennel seeds can prevent the formation of gas in your bowels and bloating as well. These seeds also have the ability to relax your GI tract muscles, resulting in the prevention of various digestive ailments.
Thanks to presence of zingibain, and protein-digesting enzyme, ginger can reduce bloating and gasses and treat other digestive problems as well.
Pineapples contain protein-digesting enzymes just like ginger, which makes them a great ally in the fight against bloating. Furthermore, the tropical fruit has anti-inflammatory properties as well, which means it can resolve a variety of other digestive problems.
Drink a cup of peppermint tea whenever your belly is inflated to instantly resolve the bloating and calm your stomach down.
Chamomile tea is another great remedy for bloating and excess gasses in the intestines. The tea has carminative, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties which can help treat a variety of digestive problems.
Parsley is nature’s most powerful diuretic which is especially effective against bloating. The herb also promotes healthy digestion and can treat other digestive problems beyond bloating and gassiness.
This tropical fruit contains a lot of the rare enzyme papain, a protein-digesting enzyme that can prevent gasses, bloating and parasitic infections as well.
Lemon Juice And ACV
ACV and lemon juice both contain a variety of nutrients and enzymes which can relieve your bloating. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice in a glass of water and add 1-2 teaspoons of ACV in as well, then drink the mixture to boost the production of gastric juices and improve your digestion.