8 Bloat-Busting Foods
By Kavata Kithome
Passing gas is one of those things in life that people just find humor in. Ever since I was a child, it’s been a source of many a laughs. It’s embarrassing, it’s impolite, but it happens!
Bloating and gas are usually tied to what and how you eat – it’s important to eat foods that help ease discomfort or better yet, prevent it altogether.
Here are 8 bloat-busting, gas-eliminating foods that you should add to your diet today.
1. Honeydew Melon
Water retention is common and eating honeydew melon can serve as a diuretic, thanks to the compound called cucumis melo. This compound is used to treat ailments such as edema. It can help flush out excess water and it naturally replaces electrolytes due to its high potassium levels. So please, honey, do help yourself to a delicious honeydew melon.
Note: melon (along with all fruit) is best eaten alone due to the rate of digestion. Since fruit digests much quicker than other foods, eating them together can actually cause fermentation (yep, rotting) within the gut as the foods compete with one another. This is where gas typically comes in.
Kefir is derived from the Turkish word keif, meaning “good feeling.” Like yogurt, this milk product contains lactase, which helps break down lactose and dominant sugars in milk that cause lactose intolerance. This makes kefir great for helping reduce symptoms like bloating, stomach gas and pain.
There’s a reason why every “healthy” smoothie calls for bananas – this super fruit is a great source of probiotic fiber that helps feed good gut bacteria and improve digestion. The next time you want a snack or need a bit more of a kick in your morning smoothie… go bananas!
This fruit is high in fiber, which is great for relieving sluggish bowels. It’s also a great fruit for those who suffer from irritable bowel system (IBS).
This spice has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy for queasiness and indigestion. Research has shown that ginger acts as a muscle relaxant that helps the body release gas. The best way to get the amazing properties of ginger is to simply take it fresh. I love mine in a juice (it gives it a great kick!).
This root has always been thought of as a great remedy. Turmeric has been found to calm down an upset stomach through the anti-inflammatory properties that we have all come to love about this yellowish orange root.
7. Peppermint Tea
Like ginger, mint has been used for ages as a remedy for indigestion and upset stomachs. Research has found that mint has the ability to soothe inflammation in the GI tract by activating the “anti-pain” channel in the colon. This also makes it a great remedy for those suffering from IBS. The next time you have a hankering for something hot and pleasant, reach for a soothing cup of peppermint tea.
Cilantro is a big star herb in many Mexican dishes. This herb has a unique blend of oils that help relax digestive muscles and stop an overactive gut. So whether you like to sprinkle coriander or garnish with fresh cilantro, make this herb a common addition to your meals and reap its benefits.
Do you know any other foods that can help beat bloat? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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