Bloating is often mistaken for stomach fat and it occurs when the normal flow of gas (produced in the colon after we eat or drink), is disrupted in some way getting trapped, resulting in distention and discomfort.
The good news is that there are lots of simple tweaks that can counteract common bloat-inducers. Here’s how to avoid stomach bloating.
Bloating may occur due to a number of reasons including:
- Over eating
- Food sensitivities e.g. intolerance or sensitivity to gluten and/or lactose
- An imbalance between the good and bacteria in your gut
- Hormonal imbalance
- Swallowing air, eating too fast, chewing gum
Ginger is Middle berg’s go-to food for a bloated belly, because it’s an anti-inflammatory and a powerhouse digestive aid. Plus, it’s super easy to include in your regular diet. You can add fresh ginger to smoothies and salad dressings. And Middleberg suggests making a homemade tea for extra bloat-fighting power, or sipping it in a ginger lemonade. (Wakaya ginger powder dissolves easily in water.)
Green leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce, watercress and kale are a great source of insoluble fibers that help in keeping the digestive track clear and reduce the problem of gas and bloating. These leafy greens also work as a natural diuretic that helps flush out the toxins and waste. But make it a point to have these leafy greens in the cooked form in order to reap maximum benefits. A cup of cooked spinach contains 4 g of insoluble fiber. Therefore, stock up on the leafy greens to cut out belly puffing.
In many cases, high sodium intake may cause bloating by retaining water in the body. The potassium present in bananas counteracts the effects of sodium and helps in maintaining the balance of potassium and sodium in the body. In addition, Bananas is also high in pectin that helps in digestion and flushing out of toxins from the body. The fibers in bananas help to relieve problems of constipation, and it also soothes upset stomach. Add this power fruit to your daily diet to enjoy its numerous benefits.