The dreaded bloat can take you from feeling great to feeling like that frog in those TV ads.
We all know the basics when it comes to bloating; beans, fizzy drinks and dairy are all culprits when it comes to that sluggish feeling – as well as the festive season over-indulgence.
But is there something we can add to our diets to help prevent the bloat or at least lessen the extent?
Well we’d hardly be writing this if there weren’t, now would we?
We’ve got five things to add to your diet that will have you saying “goodbye bloat, hello…no bloat”.
You get the idea.
How many times do we have to be told that water is our best friend before we actually listen?
Drinking water or eating fruit and vegetables that have a high water content can help reduce that bloating feeling.
Pineapple is a great example.
The tropical fruit boasts a high water content as well as an enzyme called bromelain which basically reduces inflammation and gets everything moving the way it should.
And it tastes great… bonus!
We know we just said dairy is bad but bear with us.
Certain yogurts contain lots of probiotics which is a good bacteria that helps your body process food better.
So why not stock up on these types of yogurts and enjoy one after dinner to help beat the bloat.
Peppermint is great for calming our tummy muscles which allows everything to move as it needs to.
So anything from peppermint tea, oil supplements and even a peppermint rich sweet or two will help soothe your system.
Bananas are high in potassium which helps to prevent water retention.
But make sure to stay away from unripe bananas as they can cause gas.
So let that banana ripen and enjoy all the benefits it will have on your body.
While oatmeal doesn’t necessarily do anything to combat bloating, it does play a huge role in our bowel movements.
Never a fun thing to talk about but oatmeal can prevent constipation or gas which often lends itself to that bloated feeling.
It’s all thanks to that high fiber content.
And by a serving of apple, strawberries or even pears to your bowl, you can take your fiber intake to the next level.