Feeling full after a big meal? You’ll probably also get that puffed up, uncomfortable feeling in your stomach. Yep, the gas and bloating—the struggle is real!
Studies show that bloating affects up to 30 percent of Americans. You may see all those models with flat stomaches, but they bloat just like the rest of us—so don’t worry, you’re not alone. And don’t fret, just because you bloat doesn’t mean there is anything medically wrong with you (Phew!).
You should probably steer clear of these foods. But what can you munch on that will help deter you from that full feeling? Continue you reading to find out.
1. Cucumbers – This veggie contains quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant that helps reduce swelling. Score! People also use it to reduce puffiness under their eyes. Cut up a few slices and slip them into your water or eat as is.
2. Bananas – We all know ‘nanners are rich in potassium, but they also can prevent water retention by regulating sodium levels in your body—this reduces salt-induced bloating! Enjoy these bad boys in your smoothie, peanut butter sandwich (my personal fave) or as a small snack.
3. Papaya – This yummy fruit is more nutritious than you think. An enzyme found in papaya (papain) helps break down proteins in your GI system making digestion easier. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so go ahead and throw it into your smoothie too!
4. Asparagus – A healthy side dish for any meal, this veggie is an anti-bloating superfood! Ok, we know it makes your pee smell real bad, but the point is that it makes you have to go—thus getting all of the excess water out of your system. It also contains probiotic that helps your body maintain a healthy balance in your digestive system to prevent and/or reduce gas.
5. Peppermint and Chamomile tea – Calling all tea lovers! If you’re feeling large and in charge after a meal, sip on one of these yummy drinks. Both help relax your GI muscles to help dissipate the gas that causes your stomach to bloat. Chamomile tea also helps you relax—that’s a major plus!
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