9 Foods That Fight Bloating!
Belly bloat is not something you want to deal with as you rush to get ready to head out on the town on a Saturday night. Your favorite jeans fit just fine the last time you put them on, but now it’s nearly impossible to get them buttoned up, and you know that you haven’t put on any weight since you last slipped into them. Say hello to bloat. Belly bloat can happen when excess gas builds up in the digestive system, or when too much water is retained by your body. Although it’s a bit too late to do anything that will give you immediate relief from bloating when those jeans don’t fit, a few simple dietary changes can reduce the chances that you’ll have to deal with that problem again.
This is probably not something a whole of people will find in the refrigerator at any given time, and it is a bit on the exotic side, but it is readily available in just about every supermarket. Not everyone has given papaya a try yet, but it has a sweet taste, and its texture is similar to cantaloupe. What’s great about papaya is the enzymes it contains that can aid digestion, and reduce the likelihood of bloating.
Yogurt is considered as a digestive aid, and selecting the brands that advertise high levels of probiotics may better for reducing the chances of bloating. These “friendly” bacteria we know commonly as probiotics can really improve digestion, and may even help ease other digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you’re open to trying something new, kefir is another option. Think of it as kind of like liquid yogurt that is also rich in probiotics.
Bananas are pretty versatile and can be combined with other foods like oatmeal or cold cereal if you prefer not to eat them as is. Potassium is the banana’s secret weapon when it comes to fighting bloat since it helps the body maintain normal sodium levels. Excess sodium is one of the primary causes of fluid retention that often causes bloating.
Here’s one that many people might consider a bit of a treat. Peanut butter is something just about everyone has on hand, and is most commonly used to make sandwiches or even spread on toast. Peanut butter has niacin, which is beneficial for the digestive process, and improved digestion means that the probability of bloating is reduced. If you’re one of those people that loves peanut butter straight up, two tablespoons a day should do the trick. It’s best to steer clear of the brands contain hydrogenated oils or sugar.
This may not make sense on the surface, since we know that fluid, or water retention, leads to bloating. Surprisingly, drinking water helps reduce bloating by flushing excess sodium from the body. In addition to all that water, watermelon also boasts generous amounts of vitamin C and potassium, which – as we learned earlier – can also help prevent bloating by making sodium build-up less likely.
This is a word that might not have everyone racing to the dinner table for a generous helping, but for those that enjoy it – or tolerate it – it can help banish bloat thanks to all the fiber in this leafy vegetable. Additional incentive for following in Popeye’s footsteps is provided by other health benefits spinach offers, including boosting your immune system and helping to maintain healthy-looking skin. Although many people enjoy spinach raw in a salad, in this case it’s best to cook it since sometimes it can actually promote bloating in some people if it is eaten raw.
There are a number of ways to work this vegetable into your diet, including as part of a salad, or in sandwiches and wraps. Cucumbers are helpful to kidney function, which will help eliminate uric acid from the body that can accumulate and promote bloating. Eating a cucumber all by itself is certainly not out of the question, but salt is probably best avoided or reduced, since that can lead to sodium build-up which promotes bloating.
Garlic may be one of those “either love it or hate it” foods, and those that love it should take full advantage of the numerous health benefits garlic offers. Garlic is among the real champions when it comes to body detoxification, and can stimulate the liver to help remove toxins and waste from the body. Waste that builds up in the body can make bloating more likely, and also have other negative effects on overall health.
Asparagus is beneficial for at least two reasons: It has a high water content which has a diuretic affect on the body, and helps keep fluid retention under control. It also helps promote the growth of those beneficial probiotic microbes in the digestive tract. Asparagus is also helpful for those who may be trying to shed a few pounds, since it helps rev up metabolism without causing any increase of blood sugar like soft drinks or a candy bar surely will.