Bloated? 10 Belly-Bloating Ingredients to include in your diet!
Were you feasting throughout the holidays and weekend and suffering the after effects of it? You probably have an uncomfortable stomach and suffering from bloatedness!
We rounded up the top 10 MUST HAVE ingredients in your diet to help ease digestion and make your stomach well again!
1. Coconut Water
Coconut water is rich in potassium and it helps eliminate all the sodium in the body that comes from the dietary sources. Because coconut water is diuretic (which helps you urine), the excess sodium is excreted and leaves the body.
Getting enough potassium and fibre is important to those who suffer from bloating. Quinoa is rich in these two important nutrients and can relieve your bloated pains. Try this recipe which contains 2 belly-bloating ingredients for twice the effect!
What doesn’t lemon cure, am I right? Lemons are a gentle laxative which can reduce the amount of salt that is retained in your body. Cut a slice or two of lemon, add it to warm water and drink up!
This is a common solution – cucumber water. As cucumber is mostly water, it is excellent in helping flushing out toxins from the body.
This fruit contains a white, milky substance called papain that speeds up digestion. A simple way is to blend this tropical fruit as your breakfast smoothie that is easy for the stomach.
6. Greek Yogurt
Yogurt (with the option of adding fresh fruits) has good bacteria that prevents belly bloating. The best type to get are the non-fat, or low fat yoghurt which is why we recommend Greek and not those flavoured ones.
The wonder of peppermint lies in its muscle-relaxant properties. It helps release muscle spasms and cramps. Moreover, it improves the passage of food through the body without any discomfort. If you’re taking peppermint tea (a popular favourite), remember to consume 1 or 2 cups per day.
Fresh ginger is a great home remedy that goes beyond treating fever and cold. Its anti-inflammatory properties relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract. The best way is to add a small slice of ginger into your tea or cook it with vegetables.
Like yoghurt, asparagus contains good, healthy bacteria that aids in digestion. Your gut will thank you for it as it breaks down any food matter. Plus, a 2009 study revealed that asparagus are as effective as antibiotics. Plus, it’s super yummy to eat while sauteed with salmon and quinoa. #yums
10. Green Tea
For centuries, green tea is THE ingredient to consume because of the benefits it offers. Green tea contains catechins and polyphenols that alleviates bloating. Because of its antioxidant compounds, it will help lower the cholesterol levels and help absorb fat from the unhealthy food.