3. Herbal Tea
It has been discovered by Researchers from the University’s Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory that peppermint activates an “anti-pain” channel in the gut that soothes inflammation.
For quick relief, sip a peppermint tea to help relax the digestive tract and return to normal peristalsis (muscle contractions).
Bloating is not always gas-related. High sodium intake could be the culprit. Hiding in most of today’s processed foods and restaurant items, sodium attracts and retains water in the body.
Potassium, on the other hand, can help counter sodium’s role. Maintaining your overall potassium-sodium level is important for water balance.
If your bloat is a result of yesterday’s salty dinner, try adding sliced banana to your morning meal for some balance.
If you’re already bloated, cucumbers can make a great tummy-flattening snack.
The high water and low fiber content of these tasty vegetables can cause increased urination, which in turn, makes you feel slimmer.
A 2009 study showed that raw papaya contains a white, milky substance called papain and when ripe, the fruit is moderately laxative and helps in the movement of the bowels.
Although it is not the most popular or readily available fruit, papaya may be worth considering. Try using fresh papaya slices in a breakfast smoothie.
Words of Caution
Remember, foods affect different bodies in different ways. If you are concerned about how often you feel bloated, try keeping a food diary to identify specific foods that you should avoid.
Occasional bloating is normal, but if it occurs chronically, bloating can be a symptom of a more serious health problem.
If your problem is chronic, or if you are experiencing a severe increase in gassiness or distention, you should talk to your health care practitioner right away.
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