We have all been there at one point or another. You have a fun beach or lake weekend planned, but your stomach is putting a damper on your ability to enjoy yourself. You feel bloated and uncomfortable in your clothes and really just wish that you could curl into a ball. We get it, experiencing bloating is no fun, but luckily there are many simple natural remedies that can get you back feeling like yourself in no time.
But why does bloating happen in the first place? While there are so many reasons why bloating can occur, for most people it typically happens when food remains in the digestive tract undigested for longer than it should. This allows gas to produce and the digestive tract to swell, which results in that uncomfortable feeling of pressure and distention. Bloating can also occur when water is being retained due to excessive sodium intake, we will talk more about how to combat this particular type of bloating below.
Luckily there are many plant-based foods and natural remedies that can help reduce symptoms of bloating, and even help to prevent them from happening in the first place. Many of these foods have been used in various cultures for hundreds of thousands of years, and are great natural ways to support a well functioning digestive system. So before you go popping that over-the-counter medication, you may want to think about giving one of these natural remedies a try.
Fennel - Fennel has a long history of being used as a digestive aid and would traditionally be placed on the dinner table after an Italian meal to help aid digestion. Fennel seeds are also traditionally used in Indian culture to fight bloating by chewing on the fennel seeds or drinking fennel tea. Pineapple - Pineapples are great for fighting bloating and other symptoms associated with GERD. They contain an enzyme called bromelain, which can help aid digestion and reduce bloating. Papaya - Is another excellent fruit for fighting bloating. It contains a protein-digesting enzyme called papain that can help aid digestion and reduce bloating after eating. Simply add papaya to your after-dinner dessert and notice the anti-bloating benefits. Avocado - Foods that are higher in potassium like avocado are great to add into your diet during these hot summer days. Potassium helps to regulate sodium in the body, which prevents water retention. Just another reason why avocados will forever be one of our favorite plant based foods. Cucumbers - Cucumbers are probably one of the most well known bloat fighting veggies thanks to their natural diuretic properties. They are also loaded with water, which means that while they are helping your body flush any excess water, they are also making sure you are staying hydrated at the same time. Celery - Similar to cucumbers, celery is another plant that acts as a natural digestive aid and has diuretic properties to help ease fluid retention. Try adding a little celery to your morning smoothie for a simple digestive aid.
These are just a few of the many plant-based foods that can help reduce bloating and keep you feeling your best. It is also important to remember that staying hydrated is key to keep your digestive system moving, and rid your body of any unwanted fluid retention. While it may sound counter-intuitive, drinking two liters of water, especially if it has been infused with something like cucumber, is one of the best ways to stop bloating right in its tracks.
Looking for a meal this summer that will keep your stomach happy and bloating at bay? This Cucumber Salad with Avocado Dressing is the perfect mix of our favorite bloat-fighting foods to help keep you feeling cool and comfortable all summer long.