5 Foods That Reduce Bloating and Gas

List of Foods to Relieve the Effects of Bloating


It is good to know what causes bloating. There are several common factors, with overeating as well as bad eating habits being the main reasons. In addition, taking your meal too quickly, consuming too much of carbonated drinks, lactose and other food intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux diseases (GERDs) may also lead to bloating and gas. You should talk to your physician if the symptoms persist or become chronic. Meanwhile, some foods may help to relieve this problem. 
  1. Papayas
    According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a digestive enzyme known as papain is significantly found in papayas. Papain, just like bromelain, is good for breaking down proteins. In normal circumstances, the pancreas produces digestive enzymes to break down foods and also to stimulate cell reactions. When it doesn’t produce enough, enzymes in papayas provide good help to prevent bloating, flatulence and gas. The university stated that people who were having flatulence and gas caused by indigestion can use papaya enzyme for relief.

5  Foods That Reduce Bloating

  1. Yogurt
    Based on the Havard Medical School Family Health Guide, constipation and bloating can be reduced by taking fermented foods with probiotics such as yogurt. Scientific studies on probiotics have found that they are amazing in improving conditions such as bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

    Not all types of probiotics are effective to humans. There are various types of yogurt in the market; different types may contain different strains of probiotics in different amount. Based on the recommendation by the American Dietetic Association, you should get a product with the type and amount of probiotics that are beneficial to human. Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, Saccharomyces and Streptococcus thermophiles (or Shirota strain) are generally safe and useful to the human body. You may also look for the label with “contains live and active cultures” to make sure what you are buying is good for you.
     

  2. Ginger
    Ginger is one of the spices with the longest culinary history. It has been used in ancient China since 400 B.C. As many people may have known of its healing power on cold and flu, the capabilities of ginger is in fact much more than that. This wonderful spice has also been used to treat symptoms of bloating and intestinal gas and to relieve symptoms caused by gastrointestinal distress.

    Ginger also contains protein-digesting enzyme, known as zingibain. The compound is especially useful to get rid of excessive gas from eating too much high-protein foods. Ginger is a convenient way of eliminating gas problem as it is available at supermarkets year round.
     

  3. Peppermint Tea
    Peppermint tea is rich in an active ingredient known as menthol. According to Drugs.com, menthol oil in peppermint tea helps alleviate spasms in muscle tissues. It relaxes your muscles and allows the release of gas in your stomach. Brigham and Women's Hospital has also verify the use of peppermint tea as a natural remedy to relieve bloating and gas. University of Maryland Medical Center has recommended an adult dose of peppermint tea, which is a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves steeped in about a cup of boiling water. Allow to infuse for 10 minutes before serving. You may take a few doses a day if you wish. Other great ingredients to relieve bloating include chamomile tea, anise, caraway, coriander, fennel and turmeric.
     

  4. Pineapples
    Pineapples also offer the properties for bloating and gas relief. The fruit contains a unique enzyme that helps digest proteins; typically known as bromelain. Due to its nature, bromelain is particularly helpful in alleviating an upset stomach as well as heartburn. In a study at the University of Maryland, antibacterial properties of bromelain fought off diarrhea-causing bacteria in animals and showed its promising healing power against bowel disorders. Improve in stomach conditions brings about lower risk of bloating and gas.

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