06 Jul Ten Foods to Help You Beat Bloating
Winter food is synonymous with carb loaded comfort. When you’re facing icy winds and relentless rain, it’s easy to choose that bowl of delicious pasta over your regular salad or a creamy cappuccino in place of a green juice.
Unfortunately, the changes in our diet that Winter weather promotes can quickly lead to bloating, swelling of your stomach and major discomfort.
There’s a few things that can cause bloating so the best way to prevent it is to take a look at your diet and lifestyle. Over eating, binge eating and not keeping a regular eating pattern, excess salt and it can also be a sign of minor intolerances your body is showing to certain foods.
If you have over-indulged and need a remedy to bloating, here’s 10 foods that can help…
- Cayenne Pepper
The capsaicin in cayenne pepper helps to increase the flow of digestive enzymes through your intestines which speeds up the breakdown and passing of your food. Add it in small amounts to spice up your meals but be careful not to go overboard because it can cause discomfort.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
It’s one of the most ‘buzz-worthy’ health food products and for good reason. Apple cider vinegar helps to keep your gut bacteria healthy which aids healthy digestion reduces bloating. Be sure to pick up one with the ‘Mother’ in it though. This is the unfiltered version and looks cloudy in appearance but boasts all the benefits.
Lemon is an obvious one and probably the easiest to enjoy. The citrus fruit aids in reducing inflammation in your digestive tract and reducing a bloated belly. It’s a widely used ingredient for detoxing and tastes great in a cup of hot water.
Ginger contains a digestive enzyme called zingibain. The enzyme helps to break down proteins and the natural anti-inflammatory properties are great for reducing bloating in your stomach. It’s a popular ingredient in traditional Chinese herbal medicine
Plain rolled oats are a great source of soluble fibre that helps to keep your bowels regular. Regular bowls equals a reduction in or prevention of bloating. Just make sure you steer clear of the sugar filled flavoured options and use hot water instead of milk to make them.
Fennel has been used for a very long time to help with excess gas and bloating in your stomach. It’s known as a digestive stimulant and it can also increase the production of digestive enzymes in your gut. It’s best enjoyed in tea form and tastes a bit like liquorice.
Yoghurt is packed with probiotics that keep your gut healthy and working at its best. When your gut bacteria are healthy, your body will be able to easily digest your food and excess gas shouldn’t get stored that causes bloating and discomfort. You’ll have to avoid flavoured and sugary varieties though.
Sipping on a cup of plain peppermint leaf tea or a green tea blend can have significant effect on bloating. Mint has both anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties and aids speedy digestion.
If you have a sweet-tooth but want to avoid processed sugar, pineapple may be the answer. The sweet tropical fruit contains bromelain, an enzyme that promotes digestion to reduce the retention of gas and water in your system.
Cranberries are a great natural diuretic that helps to flush out your system and return your stomach to its regular, healthy state. It’s most commonly consumed as a juice but often store bought varieties are packed with sugars. Instead, try dried cranberries with your oats or alone as a snack.