First and foremost, we’re all for cutting yourself some slack during the festive season. But even if you’re counting your calories or doing your best not to gorge on pineapple tarts, chances are the bloating you feel post-feasting can be a huge dampener.
Packed with antioxidants, unsweetened green tea not only helps to quench your thirst but also boost your metabolism and act like prebiotic (dietary fibre that helps to stimulate the growth of good bacteria in your gut). Additionally, the beverage also boasts diuretic benefits which help to relieve bloating. According to studies by the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research, green tea also aids in the reduction of inflammation in the digestive tract by maintain the health of the epithelial cells.
Based on statistics from the Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) Salt Intake Study in 2010, Singaporeans consume 8.3g of salt in a day, over 60 per cent more than the recommended daily level of 5g (approximately 1 teaspoon). Salt causes your body to retain water, which can worsen bloating bloat. Aside from taking some foods with a pinch of salt (literally), if you want a taut and trim tummy, load up on bananas, which contain fibre and potassium that are great in relieving water retention.
The reason why you’re feeling full and bloated could boil down dehydration. When you’re not getting enough H20, any sodium you ingest can cause you to retain water and puff out. Watermelon has a super high water content of 93 per cent. Eating a few wedges after a meal could help to increase your overall hydration and flush out the sodium and excess fluid in your system.
Prized for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, ginger works wonders on a bloated tummy. The digestive enzyme in Ginger, zingibain, helps the body break down protein and stimulate the production of saliva, bile and gastric juices which helps to facilitate digestion. It also helps to quell inflammation in the colon, which in turn helps the food you eat pass through your system more easily and expel bloat and gas you experience.
Blueberries are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the pounds if you’re hankering for something sweet. Rich in dietary fibre and anti-oxidants, these little blue bullets help to cultivate good gut bacteria, thus reducing the inflammatory response that causes bloating.
Here are some tips to avoid bloating:
This article was first published on Shape.