Feeling a bit tight round the waistband after eating? Abdominal bloating may be a natural consequence of swallowing gas or air, or it can be due to what you have eaten.
Here are some common bloating foods, and bloat-beating alternatives.
The main culprits for bloating are:
If beans and lentils don’t agree with you, switch to varieties that are soaked before cooking. Lighter coloured beans may also be easier on digestion.
If you think gluten is a problem, get tested before cutting it out. If you do need to reduce or eliminate gluten, increase your intake of alternatives such as more vegetables, meat, fish, dairy and eggs. If you don’t react to gluten, there is no need to go gluten-free for general health.
Alternative low-FODMAP vegetables include leafy greens, peas, green beans, peppers, beetroot, kale and potatoes.
Fizzy drinks don’t do anyone much good. Replace with plain water, diluted squash or juice.
Eating too fast, smoking or chewing gum can cause bloating no matter what you eat. We all get indigestion occasionally, but if you are still bloated then get checked out.
Hopefully all that is needed is the right food, and that painful stomach will be a thing of the past.
ah yes, cabbage and brussells sprouts. Gets a bit 'Blazing Saddles' after those - but interesting to find out the reason why!