Have you ever had one of those days where your clothes feel tight, your jeans don't button, and you have an overall sluggish feeling? We've been there: bloating. At Clean, we always recommend keeping some digestive enzymes on hand for just such an occasion. Additionally, there are certain foods that we can eat that actually help us reduce bloating, and feel a bit more normal.
Here is a list of some of the foods that we can start implementing into our diet right now to feel less bloated:
Next time we find we are struggling with bloating there is no need to look further than the nearest banana. The fiber that they contain can help relieve constipation, which is often the source of bloating. Additionally, bananas are rich in potassium which help keep a better balance of sodium levels within the body, which can help keep bloating at bay. If you aren’t on the 21-Day Clean Program, try starting the day with a banana or adding it to snack-time if bloating is a common symptom.
Lemon with Ginger
There are a number of health benefits that occur when we drink lemon water or tea and ginger. I personally find I get a huge boost of energy by opting to start my day with hot water and lemon instead of coffee. Combining the two can be a double strike against bloat and feelings of stomach discomfort. Ginger and lemon water can help clean our system and can help speed up our metabolism.
Adding peppermint into our diet, or having a cup of peppermint tea, can help us reduce bloating by acting as a substance that calms the muscles of the stomach. It also helps increase the flow of bile to the liver, helping digest fats.
Pineapple contains a natural digestive enzyme, called bromelain, which will help reduce gas and bloating in our system. This enzyme is mostly found in the stem of the pineapple, so wherever possible, include this part of the fruit in your diet if you hope to receive the maximum benefit of reduced bloating.
Turmeric is a force when it comes to healing the body. It can help the gallbladder amp up its bile production and help relieve signs of bloating and an irritable digestive system. Turmeric serves as anti-flatulent, digestive and stimulant.
Cucumber has an amazing cooling and calming effect, whether added to water or eaten as a snack. It's no different when It comes to your digestive system. Cucumber contains a special antioxidant called quercetin, which reduces swelling and helps protect us against inflammation.
One thing to keep in mind no matter what we're eating is that eating mindfully and taking our time will give our body more time to digest what we're eating and thus help keep bloating at bay. Additionally, food sensitivities can increase inflammation and irritation which is why many have seen improved digestion after using a 21-Day Clean Program to identify personal food sensitivities.