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 or probiotic capsules on hand for just such an occasion. Additionally, there are certain foods that we can eat that 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 struggle with bloating, there is no need to look further than the nearest banana. The fiber that bananas contain can help relieve constipation, often the source of bloating. Additionally, bananas are rich in potassium which helps 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
Several health benefits occur when we drink lemon water or tea, and ginger. I find I get a huge energy boost 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 stomach muscles. It also helps increase bile flow 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 primarily found in the pineapple stem, 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, and it can help the gallbladder amp up its bile production and help relieve signs of bloating and an irritable digestive system. Turmeric serves as an anti-flatulent digestive and stimulant.
Cucumber has a fantastic cooling and calming effect, whether added to water or eaten as a snack or meal. It’s no different when It comes to your digestive system. Cucumber contains a unique antioxidant called quercetin, which reduces swelling and helps protect us against inflammation.
Sometimes we need supplements
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. Supplementing a healthy diet with digestive aids like fiber powder can keep your digestive system running smoothly.
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.
Written by Reese Evans
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