How to Use Bloat-Reducing Foods for Relief in Three Days

Can These Foods Help You With Bloating? (Image Source: Shutterstock)
How Do You Stop Stomach Bloating? — WS Westwood

Bloating Causes

Pinpointing where your bloat comes from can sometimes be pretty difficult. Your gut is quite complex, which makes it hard to distinguish what’s actually causing your bloat.

Fiber

If fiber causes you to bloat, it’s simply because you don’t get enough of it on the daily. The gas occurs because of bacteria in the colon that produces gas after digesting fiber. If you aren’t regularly taking in fiber and enough fluids, that gas will not move through you, and will basically stick in your colon. Natural sources of fiber include vegetables, some fruits, and whole grains like wheat. Regular intake of natural fiber may be uncomfortable briefly, but after a few days, you’ll be getting enough — and your body will process it efficiently and relieve your bloat.

Constipation

This is one of the most common causes of bloating — and in order to make sure we don’t become constipated, you have to eat enough fiber and get enough fluids. It can also be improved by exercising consistently.

Lactose Intolerance

Many people who are lactose intolerant don’t even know it. So make sure to pay attention to how your body reacts after the consumption of dairy. If your stomach starts to feel pretty gurgly, and bloat sets in shortly after consuming dairy, it may be a good idea to check with your doctor.

IBS or Celiac’s Disease

Symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) include diarrhea, constipation, cramping, bloating, and abdominal pain. The best way to figure out what foods trigger these symptoms is by logging your food and then recording how you feel afterward. Most doctors will have you do this anyway, so having this ready before you seek help is incredibly helpful.

Overeating

Overeating occurs when an individual eats more than he or she is planning to use up. Usually, this individual is overweight because of the constant influx of calories. Compulsive overeaters usually use food as a crutch when they are stressed, depressed, or if they need to be comforted. Most of the time, the individual does need to seek some sort of therapy to help with the root of their problems.

Bloat Before Your Period

Bloating before and during your period is usually caused by the changes of your female sex hormones, specifically estrogen and progesterone. When progesterone levels start to fall about a week before mother nature arrives, the body’s cells intake much more water, which causes bloat.

Bloat-Reducing Foods

What you consume is the most important way to reduce bloat. While exercising and taking an Epsom salt bath can help, consuming enough water and getting the right bloat reducing foods in your system is key to debloating in three days or less.

Try These Bloat-Reducing Foods (Image Source: Shutterstock)
  1. Ginger: Ginger helps reduce gas in the stomach and digestive tract.
  2. Bananas: Bananas contain a ton of potassium, which helps your body regulate fluid balance
  3. Detox water: pump your water with fruits and herbs like honeydew and lemon, which have diuretic effects
  4. Cilantro: The oils in cilantro help your body’s digestive muscles relax and alleviate a bloated gut. Studies show this is one of the best foods to de-bloat your system.
  5. Dark Chocolate: As long as its 70% natural cacao, some bacterias in our gut digest the chocolate to create anti-inflammatory effects. So go ahead, have a piece for dessert at night.
  6. Protein: Lean proteins don’t carry any water into your body (like starchy carbs do), so start your day with lean proteins which will also stabilize your blood sugar first thing. This helps because we won’t be reaching for sugary or carb-loaded foods when our sugars crash mid-morning.

Start to Feel Less Bloated

Give these bloat-reducing foods a shot, along with these other home remedies for bloating. You might just feel healthier, become more active, and find that your belly looks smaller.

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