Best and Worst Foods for Bloating

Feb 24, 2015

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    Bloating Foods

    Gas and bloating can be quite discomforting. It isn’t normal to have a perfectly flat stomach all the time as foods and liquids that we drink take up space inside our stomach and intestines. Here we take a look at the belly bloaters in our diet and what can help us get out of the uncomfortable feeling.

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    If you are feeling bloated, you should keep a distance from beans, lentils and peas. These contain sugars which are difficult for the body to break down. As a consequence, you feel bloated. When struggling with bloating, stick to small portions.

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    Cruciferous Vegetables

    Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale) are counted among the worst foods when it comes to bloating. They contain raffinose — a sugar that remains undigested until bacteria in your gut ferment it. It produces gas and, in turn, makes you feel bloated. Cooking these vegetable softens the fibre and makes veggies easier to digest.

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    Milk products can cause gas to form in the GI tract, which may trigger bloating. If you feel bloated after drinking only a glass of milk, you may be lactose intolerant. In that case, you should opt for lactose-free or non-dairy alternatives.

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    There are plenty of health benefits of and reasons to add bananas to your diet. Banana is excellent at preventing water retention as it regulates sodium levels in the body and thus reduce salt-induced bloating.

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    Papaya is a fruit with many nutritional benefits. The presence of papain enzyme makes it one of the best fruits for bloating. The enzyme breaks down proteins in your GI system and makes digestion easier. Moreover, it is high in fibre and supports a strong digestive tract.

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    Cucumber can be one of the best options when you are feeling uncomfortable because of the bloated belly. It has quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant that helps relieve gassy feeling. Besides, cucumbers are acknowledged to inhibit the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes that cause stomach troubles.

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    One of the most sought-after herbs for home remedies, ginger, is also excellent for digestive problems such as gas and bloating. Owing to its natural anti-inflammatory properties, it soothes the digestive system and relaxes muscles of the digestive tract.

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