No one likes to feel bloated. It makes us feel slugish and want to be lie in bed for the rest of the day. Bloating can be caused by a variety of factors including poor digestion and dietary triggers such as too much sodium and high alcohol intake. Don’t worry though, you can also make a difference by just changing some of your eating habits. Eat some of these foods below and you could improve your digestive system and feel so much better in no time! I’ve listed a few foods below that have been scientifically proven to aid digestion and have helped me. I hope you find this helpful!
It is important to note that if you are eating burgers and chips with coke every day, adding these into your diet aren’t going to do much good.
- Eat Probiotic Yoghurt
When the bacterial balance in your gut is off, it can cause gas and bloating, however, probiotics can help with this! The probiotics (healthy bacteria that live in your digestive system) that are added to yoghurt help to improve your gut flora which is ultimately responsible for a healthy digestive tract. Make sure to look for a brand of yoghurt that contains live/active cultures and one that isn’t filled with unnatural sugars.
- Drink Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea can be very beneficial for your digestive system. It is an anti-spasmodic which can help relieve abdominal cramping, calming down the digestive tract. I have a cup after dinner/before I sleep and it makes me feel so much more relaxed. It also contains menthol which is known to be a muscle relaxant (yassss).
- Up your Ginger intake
Ginger is known to be great for digestive health and well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can help relieve symptoms such as gas, heartburn and IBS. Chuck some ginger into your meals or into a cup of hot water with lemon, and it will help soothe the GI tract to help with bloating caused by irritating foods.
- Consume Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients. The seeds are a brilliant source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber! Chia seeds are 40% fiber by weight, which reduces cholesterol and regulates bowel function. Stir some chia seeds into some yoghurt, put it in a smoothie or simply top your meal with some!
- Consume Bone Broth
Bone Broth is a simple, easy way to improve digestion, protect against infection and reduce inflammation. It is a source of bio-available nutrients in form that’s very easily digested, furthermore, its amino acid structure and high gelatin content makes it beneficial for restoring gut lining and assisting in the growth of probiotics in the gut!
- Drink Kombutcha
Kombutcha is another probiotic like the yoghurt. It is made from sweetened tea that has been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombutcha is incredible at detoxifying the body and improving digestion, as it is rich in probiotics.
You can find Kombutcha in some health food stores or buy it online, however, I would recommend making it yourself at home. If you do buy Kombutcha, make sure that it’s in a dark, glass bottle and doesn’t contain any unnecessary sugars or added carbon dioxide!
Bloating can be completely normal. Throughout the day we consume food, we are put under stress, hormones are released… There are many causes of bloating and every individual is unique, however, be sure to consult a professional if you are dealing with consistent bloating that causes you to feel uncomfortable all day.
Listen to your body! x