Tips to avoid bloating!

Basically, bloating is one of those embarrassing conditions that affect the vast majority of people and yet very few of us are willing to openly talk about it – for obvious reasons. The corollary of this “hush-hush” attitude, the fact that we rarely talk about bloating and usually just grit our teeth and do our best to hide it, is that for most of us, bloating is just another one of those things.

Here are a few easy things we can do to fight bloating:

First, you should chew our food very carefully. If we’re in a hurry and gulp down our lunch, for example, we’re very likely to take in more air, which becomes trapped in the intestines – and that’s not very good news for our bowel.

Second, eat food rich in zinc, a vital mineral that helps with protein digestion. Lack of zinc makes the small intestine less able to absorb food and causes undigested food to be exposed to bacteria in the intestines for longer, creating gas and bloating. The best sources of zinc are lamb, salmon, spinach, rye bread, lentils, peas and brown rice.

Third, avoid heartburn triggers such as alcohol, caffeine, high fatty or spicy foods. Alcohol in particular inflames the digestive tract and depletes the body of magnesium, which has an essential part in keeping food moving through the bowel.

Fourth, another is contraceptives can also cause bloating, as they trigger water retention, so you may want to switch to a Pill with diuretic properties. Eat natural yogurt regularly and avoid water or any other fizzy drinks as you eat.

Finally, avoid refined starchy foods that contain high quantities of yeast and sugar, as they promote fermentation in the digestive tract – with unwanted consequences.

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