Bloating is one of the most common and bothersome symptoms complained by a large number of patients. This symptom has been described with various definitions, such as sensation of a distended abdomen or an abdominal tension or even excessive gas in the abdomen. Bloating should probably be defined as the feeling (e.g. a subjective sensation) of increased pressure within the abdomen. It is usually associated with functional gastrointestinal disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome, but when bloating is not part of another functional bowel or gastrointestinal disorder it can be treated as a unique condition.
Consumption of processed foods and sugar is a primary cause of bloating. Try adding the following foods to your diet to reverse bloating.
Pineapples are a fruit consisting mostly of water.? As a result, pineapples have the capacity to flush the digestive system, removing fiber and other indigestible matter known to cause bloating.?Additionally, pineapple is also an excellent source of the enzyme Bromelain.
Bromelain plays an important role aiding in the digestion of proteins, and it has been theorized that by increasing bromelain consumption, we can improve our digestive system and reduce abdominal bloating.
The consumption of ginger has been shown to have a host of benefits in regards to digestive health ? one of which relates to its role in improving our ability to digest complex compounds such as fiber and protein.
This is thought to be the result of an enzyme found in ginger known as zingibain, which is known to promote the breakdown of fiber and protein molecules9. This improved digestion has shown to result in reduced bloating and discomfort9.
Like Ginger, peppermint has long been lauded for its medicinal properties.? More recently, there has been research suggesting that the consumption of peppermint leads to an increase in digestive motility.
Digestive motility describes the repeated contraction of the smooth muscle tissue within the small and large intestine that causes the movement of its contents through the digestive tract (essentially describing the physical process of digestion..
This increase in digestive motility speeds up the digestive process, clearing the digestive system and reducing bloating.
Bananas are extremely high in potassium, a mineral that has shown to counteract the effects of sodium within the body.? If we have low potassium levels relative to our sodium levels, we are likely to retain more fluid in the gut (as a result of sodium?s fluid retaining capacity).? This fluid retention can lead to bloating and swelling of the digestive tract.
The consumption of bananas can return our potassium levels back to normal, improving our ability to excrete fluid from our body.? This will subsequently lead to noticeable reductions in digestive bloating.
Parsley is a herb that has the capacity to act as a potent diuretic (in which it increases fluid excretion)?when consumed in moderate amounts.? As a result, eating parsley when we are bloating can speed up the digestion process by flushing our system of those proteins and fiber causing digestive issues.
It is important to note that while effective, this fluid loss can lead to loose stool and diarrhea if used excessively.
Source:?World Journal Gastroenterol