Hey Angels and Alphas,
Whether you’ve felt it when you were at home, at the gym, at another public place, or pretty much anywhere, everyone knows that annoying feeling of being bloated. It’s a rather uncomfortable feeling that can sometimes feel like an inescapable part of life.
And while we can’t really take away bloating from our lives forever and forget it was ever there (like we would if we could,) there are some specific ways in which we can adjust our diets, so we minimize bloating and feel as good as possible at all times.
In this article, we’re going to talk about three science-backed nutrition tips that can help you reduce bloating (as well as how to solve the core problem behind each type of bloating.)
Let’s get started.
#1 AVOID RAW FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Avoiding raw fruits and veggies can sound counterintuitive, but certain fibers contained within them are extremely difficult for the body to break down when they’re consumed raw. Not only that, but many common salad veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers contain seeds which can irritate your stomach and also be hard to break down. If you still love these veggies, your best option would be to remove the seeds and peel the skin off so you’re left without anything that’s too difficult to digest.
Moreover, a lot of veggies have cellulose, which is especially hard for our digestive system to handle. That’s why cooking your fruits and vegetables is almost always a better alternative – baking, steaming, boiling, all of this will make foods more easily digestible and still provide you with all their healthy nutrients.
#2 AVOID PROCESSED FOODS
As a surprise to absolutely no one, processed foods can be tough on our body and can end up being one of the primary reasons for bloating. While processed foods are more convenient (and most of the time, tasty), they have an unnaturally long shelf life, and that’s precisely what makes them so detrimental to your body.
Snacks contain harmful fats, synthetic ingredients, and have a caloric value that’s out of this world. Switching to gluten-free snacks might be one of the best decisions you can make for your belly bloating because gluten often leaves some people’s intestines inflamed. This, however, doesn’t mean that all gluten-free foods are healthy.
#3 IF YOU CONSUME DAIRY, MAKE SURE IT’S GRASS-FED
Grass-fed dairy has been a gamechanger for a lot of people who normally don’t tolerate traditional store-bought dairy. It might seem like a small change, but it will have a massive impact on how you feel. If you’re into dairy to begin with, you might want to stick to grass-fed dairy because it’s way healthier than the stuff you typically find at the grocery stores.
There are plenty of arguments for removing dairy from your diet altogether, so make sure that if you are a consumer, you’re at least making the right choices as to the type of dairy you buy, and you’re only consuming ingredients that are easier to digest.
The true cause of bloating is somewhere in your diet…
But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s linked to a specific food. Sometimes, it’s things like yoga poses, going for walks, peppermint capsules, essential oils, abdominal massages, warm baths, and other lifestyle implementations that allow people to alleviate bloating or eliminate it altogether.
That’s why even though reducing the number of processed foods (and foods that are difficult to digest) in your diet will help alleviate bloating, it’s likely not going to take care of the underlying problem. If bloating becomes too common or uncomfortable, you can consult a specialist on what would be the best ways to reduce it.