How many times have you had to leave the top button on your jeans unbuttoned because your “fat jeans” were dirty and all you had left were the “skinny” jeans? How many of you have felt like a giant balloon ready to swirl around the room if punctured because of bloating from gas? Bloating can occur for several reasons in several ways. It can come from both gas and water retention. Here are some foods to help you beat the bloat and get you feeling back to normal again.
Grab some ginger tea or add ginger to your food.
If you have gas from stomach upset, nothing will settle it better than ginger tea. It’s one reason why mothers of old gave ginger ale to children with upset stomachs. It contains zingibain that’s an enzyme which aids in the breakdown of protein and has anti-inflammatory properties that help with gas and the bloating it causes. It relaxes the intestines so food passes through easier, to prevent gas and help it pass quickly. Ginger is also a natural diuretic.
Grab a banana for monthly bloating.
It doesn’t have to be a banana, it could be any food rich in potassium to help eliminate the water retention that comes in each cycle. Foods like dark leafy greens, avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet potatoes are also rich in potassium. Potassium-rich foods not only decrease the sodium levels of the body, which add to water weight, they also boost urine production to eliminate the water retention bloat.
Natural diuretics can help eliminate the bloat of water weight.
Diuretics help get rid of water. There are several natural sources, so you don’t have to grab a pill to do it. Asparagus, peaches, cucumbers, garlic and leaks are a few. Green tea can also help reduce water weight. I had a client whose mother had a heart problem and was faced with swelling from fluids. The doctor’s tried the strongest diuretics possible, but nothing worked. In a last ditch effort, the client gave her mother green tea. Within an hour, the mother remained close to the bathroom and the water retention was conquered.
- Another common herb for stomach upset and gas is fennel. It, too, relaxes the colon and helps un-trap gas. Chew on a fennel seed for quick relief, create a tea from the seeds or add part of the bulb to your salad.
- Drink more water to help eliminate water retention. Just plain water not only flushes excess sodium out of the system, it acts as a diuretic and may improve kidney functioning. It definitely won’t hurt and brings other benefits, too.
- While it’s not a matter of eating, you can prevent many of the problems that cause bloating with regular exercise. One study showed that regular exercise reduced PMS symptoms, even bloating.
- Grab a slice of pineapple or papaya. Pineapple aids digestion with bromelain to help stop gas and is also potassium-rich. Papayas contain another digestive enzyme, papain, which also helps digestion and prevents gas.