10 Foods That Can Help You Get Rid Of A Bloated Stomach
Feeling bloated sucks! In this article, we take a look at the top 10 foods that will help to soothe your bloated stomach, returning it back to normal in next to no time at all.
Our bodies put us through the ringer during our lifetime. Rarely do they let us just live in peace! From coughs and colds to sore throats and aching muscles, something always seems to be going wrong.
But arguably one of the worst things our bodies puts us through is bloating.
Sometimes, we find that we can just ride our bloating out. After a few hours, it’ll go down. But sometimes, it’s not always this simple. Sometimes, bloating lingers.
And, boy, does it feel uncomfortable! You can’t fit into your jeans and you feel too sluggish to do anything. What gives?
The first step to curing a bloated stomach is prevention. And knowing what causes a bloated stomach in the first place is key.
Put simply, your diet is what causes bloating. Combining the wrong foods, such as meat with cheese, triggers processes during digestion that serve to accumulate gas, leaving you feeling pretty darn horrible.
The good news is that, as well as there being foods that create bloated stomachs, there are also foods that relieve them. Here are the top 10:
Rosemary is one of those ancient herbs that have been used for centuries to remedy various ailments, from alopecia to muscle spasms..
And it can also soothe bloating.
Now, we don’t recommend that you munch on sprigs of rosemary at work, because that would look a little odd (although it might catch on). So our top tip is that you add a sprig or two to your next cup of tea if you can stand the taste.
Either that, or add it to your next homemade soup.
Lemon & Water
When we feel bloated, often the last thing we feel like doing is taking a drink of something. Won’t that just make us feel even more bloated? Actually, it won’t.
One of the reasons we feel bloated is because we’re urinating too much. As a consequence, your body works overtime to retain as much fluid as it can.
And it deposits the fluids in your stomach, which causes bloating.
Alcohol is a diuretic, so as well as its gassy nature causing bloating, it also causes bloating because it makes you want to urinate more, which thus causes your body to store fluids in your belly. Coffee is the same.
But water isn’t.
Mix lemon with water so that you stay properly hydrated without your body wanting to cling onto its last known fluids!
The next time you cook up a storm in the kitchen, try cooking with olive oil because it contains oleic acid, a chemical which is known to break down body fat and prevent bloating.
Before we talk about the virtues of celery, it’s worth mentioning that celery is the only green that can cause anaphylactic shock if you’re allergic. So please be careful!
For all of you who aren’t allergic to celery, this lean green machine contains chemicals that – like water – reduce fluid retention.
Celery is a common digestive aid because it’s very good at controlling intestinal gas that’s got out of control and gone berserk, as well as regulating your bowel movements.
And while there’s nothing wrong with eating celery raw per say, we recommend that you cook it, as that way the vegetable will lose some of its fibre structure (which could otherwise make you feel even more bloated).
Watermelon is basically something like 150% fruit, or something equally crazy.
Okay, the exact percentage is 92% – which is still crazy, but good news for all the bloated stomachs out there.
The best thing? Watermelon is juicy and delicious.
Watermelon eliminates bloating because it’s rich in potassium, and can therefore help to balance out your potassium and sodium levels. Which is exactly what you need whenever you’re feeling bloated.
Artichokes seem to be the forgotten vegetable. Even the turnip gets more love!
Seriously, when was the last time you ate an artichoke?
But as it turns out, this neglected food produce of the vegetable section at your supermarket could be about to change your life forever.
Or at least help you get rid of bloating (basically the same thing).
Artichoke is great for your digestive system and gets things moving. Give it a try.
See above. Like watermelon, bananas are potassium-dense, which helps to clear up water retention that’s make you feel all puffy down there.
Bananas also come stocked with other great health benefits, and contrary to popular belief, they don’t cause you to gain weight.
Sometimes, dried fruits can be a better option than fresh fruits. Why? Because they take up less room in your gastrointestinal tract, thereby helping to reduce that bloated feeling you get after eating too much.
This American favourite might sound like a recipe for disaster, but if you eat it in moderation peanut butter can be one of your first lines of defence as you fight stomach bloating.
Why? It’s all down to its niacin content, which helps to optimise your digestive system.
Just don’t overdo it. Stick to around for two tbsp each day and you should A-okay.
You’ve probably heard all about the legend of beans and their magical ability to help people pass gas.
It’s not a legend, as your dad has surely proved to you by now.
And because it’s not a legend, it’s time you gave in and added beans to your diet in a bid to shit excess bloating.
Beans are rich in potassium, a micronutrient you need more of as you seek to reduce bloating.
And, yes, beans do make you gassy – at first. See, the more you eat beans, the more your body will start to familiarise itself to the gassy compounds before adjusting.
Evolution really is a remarkable thing.
Stay happy and healthy!