Foods to get rid of that bloated stomach.
Having a bloated stomach can be very disturbing and seems to be becoming a more and more common ailment these days. A bloated stomach caused by indigestion or by having too much air or water in the body can be very uncomfortable and can make you feel very self-conscious or even make you want wear tight clothes to hide it.
If you are sure you’re not suffering from any food allergies such as celiac disease or some other intestinal disease such as Crohn’s or IBS, re-thinking your diet may be crucial if you want to get rid of the symptoms for good. Take advantage of these tips – to get a flatter and less problem-prone stomach.
Fresh Parsley - You can add some fresh parsley to your food. This herb is a diuretic and therefore it helps the body to get rid of any unnecessary fluid. Celery, cucumber and watermelon have a similar effect too.
Filtered Water – Try to drink about 1.5 litres of water per day, as this stimulates kidney function. However, avoid drinking too much at meals, because water also thins the digestive enzymes in the stomach. 15 minutes before you eat is good and about an hour after eating. Also don’t drink chlorinated water or water that contains fluoride.
Papaya and Pineapple – Both of these delicious fruits contain good enzymes that help the intestines to break down food. Eat them after your main course.
Peppermint Tea - End your meal with a cup of mint tea. This tea allows the muscles of the intestines to relax, allowing air to pass easily.
Natural Probiotic Yoghurt - The probiotic bacteria in yogurt are really good for the stomach, and help to get rid of bad bacteria which upset the stomach. Bad bacteria can cause fermentation processes in the gut – so eat a little plain yogurt every day to prevent that. It’s also very tasty and you can eat it with Manuka honey – another natural healer for the guts.
Fresh Organic Vegetables – A diet that consists of lots of vegetables (except most varieties of cabbage) prevents bloating, mainly because of the high fibre content. Eat things such as carrots, zucchini, lettuce, peppers and green beans. Organic veggies contain more nutrients.
Whole Grains – Constipation can also cause swelling and bloating. Whole grains, which add fibre is good to get rid of it. Quinoa, brown rice and buckwheat are good examples.
Salt - If you eat too much salt, your body will want to retain more water – when it comes to women this can sometimes happen around the time of menstruation. Also avoid salt that contains additives such as anti-caking agents and Iodine. if you are a big salt lover you can try himalayan salt which has contains different types of salt – not just sodium chloride.
Carbonated beverages - Carbon Dioxide is not recommended for those who want a flat stomach. This includes beer, carbonated mineral water, fizzy drinks – and unfortunately champagne and other fizzy wines.
Legumes and cabbage - they are filled with great nutrients for the body, but unfortunately lentils, chickpeas, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower all contain raffinose, a sugar-like substance that the body has a hard time breaking down and it can cause wind. Don’t stop eating this type of food completely, but stick to smaller amounts.
Chewing Gum – When you chew gum your stomach can start to produce more digestive stomach acid. Also most ‘sugar-free’ gums contain sorbitol or maltitol, sweeteners which can cause stomach cramps. These sweeteners can also have other toxic side effects.
Heart Burn Tablets - There are many products to help with heartburn which contain sodium bicarbonate or carbonate, which can actually worsen the symptoms of an upset stomach – so try to use them rarely if at all. Try to eat smaller amounts more often, rather than save yourself all day and then eat a large meal.
Fried foods – Fatty and fried foods take a long time for the body to digest, and it’s therefore not recommended for those who often get a bloated stomach. Try to avoid them or try cooking with only olive oil. You can also grill food and then put a little olive or hemp oil on it after it’s cooked to get that ‘fried’ taste.
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About the author: Jenny is a writer for Sydney Health Foods Australia.