Having a perfectly flat stomach all the time isn’t normal according to experts.
After we eat and drink, food and liquids take up space inside our stomach and intestines, and that means some expansion.
A ballooned belly doesn’t necessarily indicate that something is wrong with what you eat, but if your abdomen is too swollen to squeeze into your jeans, you may want to identify the belly bloaters in your diet.
And because bloating and gas are usually tied to what and how you eat, a few simple changes can ease your discomfort and help you lose weight along the way.
Here are 10 of the best bloat-busters you need to eat:
Papaya is not only a delicious exotic fruit, it also helps to relieve bloating. One of the main reasons papaya can help flatten your tummy is because it contains papain, a protein-digesting enzyme.
Pineapples have long been used to treat digestive disorders, such as bloating. There is a clever little enzyme in pineapples, known as bromelain, thought to aid digestion by breaking down proteins in the stomach which can help to relieve abdominal bloating.
Avocado contains the digestive enzyme lipase, which breaks down fat and gets food out of your digestive tract to prevent gas and bloating. It’s high potassium content also helps you eliminate water.
Ginger is an effective carminative that helps to soothe the digestive tract and relieve gas. Ginger medicinal benefits also include thinning of the blood and improving circulation, which helps to relieve bloating.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar is a hero for curing bloating. Just make sure you buy a good quality bottle of organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and unprocessed ACV. Before consuming apple cider vinegar, dilute it with water (1 tablespoon with a glass of water) first, and drink it before a meal, to reduce bloating afterwards.
6. Yogurt (probiotic-rich foods)
Probiotics are strains of bacteria that regulate your body’s digestive system. The good news is that yogurt contains probiotics and eating the stuff on a daily basis has been shown to ease bloating by up to 78 percent.
7. Oats (fiber-rich foods)
Fiber-rich food such as oats relive bloating bloating and constipation by bulking up stool. This makes bowel movements easier to pass and then there is less chance of gas build up in the digestive system.
8. Bananas (potassium rich foods)
The potassium inside them actually helps to ease bloating caused by salty food. You see, salt draws fluid into the cells, and potassium draws the water molecules out of the cells.
9. Water with Lemon
Lemons are a very healthy addition to water and aid a large number of digestive problems including helping the bowel to dispose waste, cleanse the liver and prevent constipation.
As watermelon is a water-dense food, (containing 92% water), this fruit, along with other delicious melons, such as cantaloupe and honeydew, are natural diuretics, which cause you to pee out excess water and salt.