8 Anti-Bloat Foods to Eat When You’re Feeling Puffy
Abdominal bloating is when the abdomen feels full and tight. It commonly occurs due to a buildup of gas somewhere in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Bloating causes the belly to look larger than usual, and it may also feel tender or painful. Fluid retention in the body can also lead to bloating.
Here is a list of foods that can help reduce your bloated body.
Celery and Fennel
These crunchy veggies act as diuretics, helping you to flush out the excess water you’re retaining. (Bye bye, bloating.) Toss celery in your salad for extra crunch or snack on some with spicy salsa. Roast fennel as a change from broccoli or make it the star of your next crudites.
This long and lean veggie has certain compounds that act like probiotics (healthy bacteria), which aid in digestion. Add some lemon juice and fire up the grill to turn these tasty veggies into an easy and slimming side dish. Another fave is to simply blanch ’em and use as an in-between-meals filler instead of carrot sticks.
This anti-inflammatory food also has anti-spasmodic qualities. Studies show that it has de-bloating properties too. Try grating it into your favourite marinade, topping a simple piece of grilled fish to add a little zing, or add it to your lemon water.
Peppermint, Ginger, or Chamomile Tea
These teas can help food to pass through the stomach and relieve gas. Sip on your choice of iced or hot tea with a slice or two of lemon or ginger. And make it a daily ritual.
Regardless of choosing whole-fat or low-fat (we recommend whole-fat!), yogurt gives you a dose of beneficial bacteria, which helps keep your digestion efficient. If you still you don’t like the idea of plain yogurt, get creative and add canned pumpkin, natural peanut butter, or shredded coconut.
This sweet treat has an enzyme called papain, which aids digestion and the breakdown of protein. Thinly slice this fruit and couple it with a thinly sliced piece of grilled chicken for a mini meal, or cut it into cubes and top with shredded coconut for a sweet treat.
Not just for piña coladas, this tropical fruit contains bromelain, a digestion-promoting enzyme. Toss some freshly sliced pineapple rings on a hot grill to dress up a chicken breast or eat them as a delish and healthy dessert.