Bloating.....YUCK! You know what I am talking about, like when you are walking up the steps and you belly is pushing against the top button of your jeans? The worst right?!!
As you know weight loss is a science just like the way foods react to our bodies is all a science. It is a chemical reaction that can make us bloat up (or full really full in our belly) or actual debloat us.
A lot of things can cause this horrible side effect including your period, overeating, constipation, dining on gas-producing foods, gobbling your meals or even drinking through a straw—either way....GET THAT BLOAT AWAY!!
But there's good news. Just as some foods may blow you up like a balloon (that lunchtime burrito and dinnertime beer comes to mind), others can help you deflate, naturally. Here are some proven bloat-fighters.
I love Kiwi! This little green fruit contains enzymes that help break down protein, so it moves more easily through your system. In one recent, very small study, participants who had several meals of steak and kiwi had significantly less bloating than those who had the steak meals with no kiwi. Cool right?
Women who ate a banana a day reported less bloating than those who only had a banana-flavored drink or plain water. That's not surprising: Bananas are high in potassium, which helps balance sodium and prevent the water retention that can come from eating salty foods. And a banana's fiber can help ease constipation, and the more you poop, the less you puff up. Plus, bananas (especially greener ones) are high in resistant starch, a kind of carb that helps maintain healthy gut bacteria. I perennially love throwing one every morning into my Shakeology!
A few fresh slices after a big meal may help ward off a bloated belly. That's because papayas have papain, another enzyme that breaks down protein in your digestive tract. The tropical fruit also fights inflammation, just what a bulging belly needs. Plus it tastes great!
You probably already know ginger is a great natural remedy for motion sickness, nausea and many other ailments. Turns out this natural stomach soother can help bloating, too. Studies show it reduces swelling and stimulates the digestive muscles, making it easier for food to pass through. Try it brewed in hot tea, or add a little grated fresh ginger to a smoothie.
This popular herb can increase the liver's bile production, helping your body digest fatty foods so they can move through the stomach more quickly. A soothing cup of peppermint tea can also relax your digestive muscles, allowing trapped gas to pass.
6. Fennel seeds
People in many cultures nibble on fennel seeds after a meal, and here's why: the seeds can help reduce gas, fight inflammation and act as a natural diuretic. Some research
Yogurt's probiotics (good bacteria) help your gut digest and absorb food, so there's less gas and bloating. Go for plain yogurt with active cultures, and sweeten it with a little fruit.
CAUTION: Be careful the fruit you buy does not contain "fructose corn syrup" which a lot do especially the yogurts that come with fruit flavoring. alone can make you bulge and its horrible for weigh gain.
You may think water will make you more bloated, but drink up. You'll be getting the hydration your body needs to digest food, flush out excess sodium—and, if you're constipated, help you go.
Luckily, most bloating is harmless. However, if it keeps up, and you have vomiting, heartburn, sudden weight loss or blood in your stool, it's time to see your doc.
So hopefully this helps for the week, so go stock up now on these helpful foods and kick bloating to the curb!