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What to Eat to Prevent Stomach Bloating

Updated July 19, 2017

Stomach bloating is the uncomfortable water or gas weight that weighs on your midsection. There are many things that can contribute to stomach bloating including diet, exercise and poor overall health. By implementing certain foods and herbs into your diet, you can help your body dispose of retained water and create a natural digestive flow.

Herbs

There are several natural ways to prevent stomach bloating. Carminative herbs such as peppermint, ginger and chamomile can be a great way to reduce bloating. These herbs will expel gas and sooth the stomach. Peppermint capsules and charcoal capsules will help to absorb the gas that may cause bloating. Digestive bitters are also good to stimulate the digestive system. According to a study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea is considered a natural diuretic and when consumed daily it can boost your metabolism by 4 per cent which helps to shred excess water weight.

Foods

Stomach bloating has a number of causes that can be prevented by implementing certain foods into your daily diet. Foods that are rich in fibre such as nuts, whole grain and lentils. When fibre becomes a regular part of your diet, it helps your food to move though your body faster which helps to prevent bloating and constipation. A high amount of potassium such as banana, raisins, figs and roasted potatoes will help to maintain the body’s proper amount of sodium which rids the body of excess water weight. Yoghurt is also good to balance out the digestive tract so that the food can flow through your body quickly. Yoghurt also has the right amount of bacteria needed for proper digestion. According to research done by the Mayo Clinic, fruits and vegetables that are rich in water will help to reduce water retention. Watermelon is a diuretic fruit that increases the urge to urine which releases excess water weight, it is also high in fibre and water. Cranberry juice flushes the unwanted bacteria out of your system that may slow down your digestive tract and it also increases the urge to urine. A good amount of beets and cabbage will help to break down excess fat. A healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables will help you to lose weight naturally by eliminating waste, flush out bacteria and relieve the body of retained water. A nutritious change in your eating habits will allow the body to function properly.

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About the Author

Nicole Murray is a full-time freelancer in Chicago, Ill., who has been writing since 2004. She has published articles in "Stone Magazine," ColorsNW.com, "Reservoir Magazine," "Canadian Builders Quarterly" and Blackballot.com. She has her undergraduate degree in creative writing and marketing from Columbia College.