I think I speak for all of us when I say bloating is one of the worst feelings, whatever the cause. When I’m bloated, I feel crabby, I don’t want to move, and I just wanted it to be over! I became so annoyed with my frequent bloating that I decided to look into the problem and find out what’s causing it, and if there were any solutions out there to help me reduce the frequency and severity of my bloatedness.
The first thing I found out was that bloating can be caused by one of two reasons:
Gas - Triggered by foods depending on the individual
Water Retention - Triggered by salty foods (without enough water), dehydration, or hormones
Though the reasons were varied, I found out that there are certain foods out there that can help reduce with bloating. Here are the foods that helped me the most!
Bananas made the list because of how much potassium they pack in each serving! Remember when I mentioned that high amounts of salt can cause bloating? Well, bananas directly combat these side effects by way of potassium...it helps to flush salt and water out of our bodies. And what better way to do so then a delicious little treat?
Much like bananas, avocados are also packed with potassium. Not only that, but they provide additional nutrients such as rich antioxidants. Avocados are full of healthy fats, and they’re wonderful to have in your diet to help you stay satisfied when it comes to your hunger. The versatility you have with avocados is endless, I highly recommend them!
Yogurt is a great food group to help with bloating because it directly supports digestion within your system. The probiotics found in yogurt help you to process foods and reduce inflammation within your GI tract. If you’re wondering which kind of yogurt you should be looking into, Greek yogurt is a safe bet that can be mixed with many different kinds of fruits and grains.
Lemon makes this list due to the acids found in this delightful fruit. Mix lemon with water to emulate the digestive acids in your stomach, which in turn, can help reduce bloating and indigestion. The additional hydrating benefits of lemon-water further the health benefits, it’s a generally good way to go if you’re aiming to reduce bloating.
These are just some of the foods that help me reduce bloating. Take note that there are plenty more out there you can find for yourself, and not all foods affect us the same. A bit of what goes into this is trial and error. Which foods help you reduce bloating the most? Let me know, I’m curious as to what helps everyone else as well! Hopefully this information has helped you in some way, I can happily say it has worked for me.