Feeling bloated? Then count on these medicinal food in your kitchen

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Sometimes it’s really hard for us to restrict ourselves from eating a lot when the table in front of us is filled with our favorite food items, even if we know the annoying after-effect of uncontrollably filling our stomach, a bloated belly!

Many of us have gone through this unbearable situation and it can be very uncomfortable, especially at night when we are trying to sleep. Bloating makes us look like that we have more belly fat, gives the appearance of being overweight.

Bloating is caused by increased gas production in the system, which causes discomfort and uneasiness. Consumption of certain ingredients and gas-causing foods like beans, lentils are said to be the main reason for a bloated belly.

Ginger

A bloated belly really makes us uncomfortable, from medicines to yoga to exercise what not we have tried to get rid of the irritating feeling. So here are few food items that can you help out of the situation:

Ginger

This most common spice in every kitchen contains natural compounds that can fight bloating in the stomach and intestines. Ginger has been used as a natural treatment for stomach bloating, nausea, heartburn and digestive problems for ages. One can make fresh ginger tea by thinly slicing ginger root and steeping in boiling water or ginger capsules can be taken which are easily available in the market.

Coconut oil

Stop cooking your food in unhealthy vegetable oils and switch to extra virgin coconut oil. It contains MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) which help the body to absorb nutrients and further boost the health of the pancreas which releases enzymes to break down foods in the stomach, preventing bloating in the first place.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

One of the most popular natural vinegar, apple cider is the best remedy for bloating. It strengthens the stomach acid so that it can break down foods quickly. This allows the body to eliminate waste, preventing the bloating of the stomach.

Cucumber

This green vegetable has large water content and is high in potassium, which helps to negate the ill-effects of sodium that is known to cause bloating. It helps to eliminate extra sodium through urine. Cucumbers are also rich in antioxidant quercetin, caffeic acid (the skin), vitamin C and silica that are known to reduce swelling. Eating cucumber often can help to flush waste from the digestive system and reduce bloating from intestinal gas.

Lemons

Both lemons and limes contain citric acid that can help the stomach to break down foods and prevent the build-up of gas. Lemon juice helps to loosen the toxins floating in the GI tract, relieve the painful symptoms that accompany indigestion, and even reduce the risk of burping and bloating resulting from excess gas production in your gut. Add 2 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice to a glass of water and drink alongside a meal, this soothes the digestive system.

Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Extra Virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest fats that we can eat. The oleic acid in the oil helps to break down fat in the body from the food we consume. Boosting digestion by eating healthy foods is the key and easy way to stop bloating.

Papaya

The highly nutritious and delicious fruit, papaya contains a powerful enzyme called papain, which helps the stomach in breaking down the protein that can reduce bloating and gas. Papaya is also a good source of fiber that helps the body’s elimination process, reducing bloating and digestive discomfort.

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