It’s something we all suffer from time-to-time and bloating can be incredibly uncomfortable. Luckily for all of us, there are some foods that can help to reduce the bloating. Here are 10 of our favourites to help you beat the bloat.
Not only is mint delicious, but many also claim it helps aid digestion. It’s why many cultures use mint after a meal. There are various ways to add mint to your diet, but our favourite is making mint tea.
Ginger has long been associated with easing digestive issues; it has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce bloating and gas. It can also relax the intestines helping food to pass through more easily.
Unless you can’t eat lactose, yoghurt is an excellent addition to your diet. It’s full of probiotics (good bacteria) which can help improve your gut health and reduce inflammation. By adding some fruit to it, you can also up the fibre content of your snack or pudding.
A great way to start your morning, oats are packed full of fibre which can help get your bowels moving and set you up for the day. Oats are also a good source of protein and contain anti-inflammatory properties.
An everyday fruit favourite, bananas are a great source of fibre and potassium. Fibre helps keep your gut well-fed and balanced, while potassium helps flush out water and sodium, helping reduce bloating.
Filled with antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation, green tea will also keep you hydrated, reducing the risk of fluid retention. It also contains caffeine which has a natural laxative effect; this can help keep things moving through your digestive tract.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that has anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a common cause of swelling and bloating. Also, some studies have linked turmeric with improving gut health, reducing bloating, gas and constipation, and even helping reduce IBS.
Lemon contains an acid like the digestive liquid in the stomach, which means it can help alleviate bloating and other types indigestion. Add lemon juice to a drink to up your hydration or add to foods for a delicious season.
Not only do they contain a good amount of fibre for their size, but kiwi fruits also contain potassium which, as we mentioned above, helps to beat bloating. They also have an enzyme that aids digestion, meaning this tiny fruit packs a punch when it comes to helping your gut.
Apples are brilliant things for overall health, and when it comes to bloating, they can be just as good. Not only do they contain potassium and high water content, but they are also full of fibre. In particular, the fibre pectin, which helps to move food through your digestive tract.