8 Foods To De-Bloat

February 10, 2018

8 Foods To De-Bloat

8 Highly Recommended Foods To Help With De-Bloating

1. Spelt Bread – this ancient grain is coming back into fashion. Most people with an intolerance to regular wheat bread find they can tolerate Spelt, which still retains the delicious taste of a regular loaf. Be sure to choose a quality brand from your local health food store that doesn't contain nasty additives to spoil the health benefits. Be aware that Spelt still contains gluten however, so you should not consume if you are a Coeliac.

2. Peppermint – taken as a tea or a supplement, peppermint aids bloating and digestive problems that are commonly linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

3. Kefir – this fermented milk drink can replace the good bacteria in your digestive tract that is lost through an unhealthy lifestyle and by taking Probiotics. Good bacteria can also be found in Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kombucha and Tempeh. Its an imbalance of bacteria that often causes bloating.

4. Bananas –  are high in potassium, which the body uses to regulate the effects of excess sodium which causes fluid retention. When choosing bananas, select those that are ripe as the body finds these easier to digest.

5. Filtered Water – ensure you are drinking at least 2 litres of filtered water each day (more if you have an active lifestyle or in the summertime) to ensure every cell in your body is hydrated. A lack of water will lead to a sluggish digestion and constipation which creates bloating. Drinking more water also helps rid the body of the chief culprit of bloating – Sodium – and can subside thirst that the body sometimes mistakes for hunger pangs, which often leads to reaching for the nearest snack of choice! Ensure that water is drunk at least half an hour before eating to ensure your gastric juices are not diluted as this will lead to your food not being broken down properly.

6. Dark Leafy Green Vegetables – as with bananas, these are also a great source of potassium and fibre. If you're prone to bloating however, avoid veggies such as brussel sprouts, cabbage or cauliflower, or eat in moderation as these contain the natural sugar Raffinose that can cause wind and bloating.

7. Fennel Seeds or Fennel Tea – contains the 'terpenoid anethole' which helps aid stomach spasms and relieves bloating and digestive problems.

8. Celery – a natural diuretic and is used to help relieve water retention. It's also extremely low in calories so consume as a snack dipped in mashed avocado. Avoid the hummus dips as the wind forming chickpeas in it will counteract the de-bloating actions of the celery.




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