If you have a high-sodium diet (eating out doesn’t help), the best way to balance things out is with potassium-rich foods like bananas. They help the body get rid of excess water, which could be what’s contributing to the bloat.
It’s the perfect tea to have after a heavy meal because peppermint has a soothing effect on the gut, and helps get rid of gas. You can also add fresh mint leaves to your salads and soups.
Add flavour to your dishes with fresh or dried herbs like basil, tarragon, thyme and rosemary. Curry powder is allowed but avoid black pepper, chillies, hot sauces, garlic and onions which contribute to swelling as they irritate your GI tract.
According to research published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an imbalance of bacteria in your gut can cause your belly to puff up as your digestive system becomes sluggish. Packed with good bacteria, yoghurt helps the digestive system break down sugars, which in turn, reduces bloating.
If you’re battling bloat, eat cooked vegetables over raw. Go with green beans and mushrooms, and lay off gas-producing options such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. They’re guilty of creating more gas in your gastrointestinal tract.