Everyone encounters stomach bloating at some point, lets face it, bloating is uncomfortable at the best of times and is embarrassing to discuss with others. Upto 30% of females experience adominal bloating and is not always codependent on foods or drinks which we have consumed during the day. However swollen stomachs can be caused by certain foods, especially if you find your work pants are a little snug after lunch. The best way to tackle the bloat is to look at your diet over a course of a week and identify the times which you feel most and least bloated. For me personally, i know if i consume anything with wheat and high fibrous foods like oats, my stomach reacts and usually turns into a baby soccer ball. Therefore i know to eradicate these items from my diet.
Heres my top 6 anti bloat foods:
Warm Lemon Water: When we are feeling bloated the worst thing you can do is limit your water consumption. Our bodies naturally hold onto fluid when we are bloated so by drinking lemon, a natural diuretic with warm water will act as a gentle laxative and assist with the movement of excess fluid throughout our body.
Cucumber: Apart from using cucumbers to reduce puffiness under our eyes, they are also the perfect food for inflammation. The vegetable contains quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant that helps reduce swelling. Add cucumber to your morning smoothie or your lunchtime salad to reap the benefits.
Watermelon: Apart from being 92% water, watermelon is the perfect summer addition to reduce bloating. It is packed full of potassium and also has a diuretic property to increase the movement of waste throughout the body.
Parsley: Apart from being a luscious garnish to any dish, parsley also offers some amazing health benefits. Parsley contains volatile oils and flavanoids. The oils help neutralise any carcinogens in the body and the flavanoids reduce damage to our cells. Parsley also contains Vitamin C which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, which explains its usefulness in conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Bananas: Also rich in potassium, bananas are a great food for balancing sodium levels within our internal system. Bananas are also rich in fibre which helps to break down any foods that cause constipation.
Yoghurt: Now i am talking about the natural yoghurt, not the sugar filled flavoured types. Yoghurt is full of probiotics which work to regulate the digestive system. The word probiotic actually means “for life”: pro + bios = “for life” and help by balancing the flora within our digestive system. If you suffer from IBS then try taking a probiotic every day to relieve some of the systems associated with this issue.