How to get rid of bloating in five easy and scientifically-proven ways
What you eat has a tremendous effect on how bloated you feel, and there are many foods which you should eat or avoid to naturally reduce bloating.
It's officially party season now and who wouldn’t want to fit in a sexy bodycon dress or a fancy new shirt for a party? But thanks to the too many sodas and that basket of nachos, the belly pooch is back. Abdominal bloating is not only a wardrobe issue but can also cause physical distress.
But do not lose hope - bloating is a condition you can avoid pretty easily.
Unfortunately, abdominal bloating can occur at any time, leaving you feeling self-conscious and on edge. In most of the cases, bloating is one of the most common symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs).
It can also occur from the kind of food you eat. What you eat has a tremendous effect on how bloated you feel, and there are many foods which you should eat or avoid to naturally reduce bloating.
1. Don't overdo carbonated drinks
Carbonated drinks are the ones that produce bubbles or contain fizz like your regular sodas. Drinking carbonated beverages moves the excess carbon dioxide into the digestive tract (including stomach and intestines) which can cause bloating, excessive burping or gas.
These tasty, fizzy drinks release air all the way while passing through the digestive system - avoiding them will help reduce bloating before your important event.
2. Fennel seeds
Fennel seeds have a great ability to boost digestion - it's how they help in reducing bloating. Fennel tea also has antioxidant properties, so it fights inflammation.
A study done on fennel tea claimed that fennel seeds can also suppress appetite. It is also used as a part of traditional Persian medicine to prevent and reduce abdominal bloating.
3. FODMAP restriction
FODMAP stands for fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols - it comprises fermented foods as well as some sugars, alcohols or carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed by the body.
Eating these food items can cause some people to have gas, pain, bloating, abdominal distention, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Restriction of FODMAP can help in preventing bloating.
While trying this method, you can still eat vegetables (like sprouts, beans, bell peppers, carrots, choy sum, eggplant, spinach), whole grains (like maize, millet, brown rice, oats; fruits like kiwi, limes, oranges, papaya, strawberries, bananas); non-vegetarian foods (like chicken, fish, eggs); seeds and nuts (like almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds) and dairy products (like lactose-free milk and cheddar cheese).
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast, which are widely promoted to have various health benefits.
A study carried out on 214 people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (a chronic disease characterized by abdominal pain and changes in bowel movements) were treated with the probiotic. After four weeks, 78% of the patients scored the probiotic as 'good' or 'excellent' at improving symptoms, particularly for pain and bloating.
A ripe banana is rich in potassium which aids your body in regulating the sodium levels and effectively balancing out the fluids in your body, thus easing the strain of digestion.
Bananas also contain a significant load of fibre, which helps improve digestion and reduce bloating.
For more information, please read our article on Bloating: Causes and Home Remedies.
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The discovery that changing the bacterial environment, or microbiota, in the gut can affect the brain carries significant implications for future research that could point the way toward dietary or drug interventions to improve brain function, the researchers said.
Probiotics primarily affect the natural flora of the gut. They have both generalised effects and more strain-specific effects.
Bloating is a condition that occurs when your stomach is producing a lot of gas. It can get triggered by your diet, dehydration, stress and your posture.