1. Potassium: increasing your potassium intake is one of the most effective ways of beating bloat. Bananas are a rich in potassium (among their many other beneficial qualities) which is also useful in reducing sodium levels in the body. Other fruits and veggies that are high in potassium include melons, carrots and avocados.
2. Acids: lemon juice, lime juice and apple cider vinegar are very similar to our stomach’s digestive juices. As such, they are instrumental support the stomach with digestion. So squeeze a few drops of lemon into the water you drink and notice the difference it makes!
3. Anti-inflammatory foods: this one seems a bit obvious — when you’re inflamed, eat anti-inflammatory foods! Ginger, garlic and onion deserve a special mention here for their overall beneficial impact from helping stimulate saliva, to relaxing your intestines
4. Probiotics: bloating is often caused by indigestion and sub-optimal functioning of our gut bacteria. By giving our gut an extra boost with foods right in pro-biotics, you assist in quicker and more efficient digestion, thereby reducing bloating. Yogurt (unsweetened), pickles and sauerkraut are some great examples of foods that can help with this.
5. Fennel seeds: Ok, ok. This is not a category but a type of food. But we couldn’t leave fennel seeds out! Very commonly used in Asia, fennel seeds relax the muscles in our digestive tract and help release gas. You can eat them by themselves, in tea or even spice your food with them. Some regions even make digestive liquors with fennel seeds.
Pro-tip: make a fennel, lemon, ginger tea every morning and you will be golden all day long!