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What Foods Help to Deflate the Belly?

It's very important that if you're feeling bloated, you don't stop drinking water to eliminate excess fluids and toxins. Make sure it's low in sodium
What Foods Help to Deflate the Belly?

Last update: 31 December, 2021

We’re sure that you have suffered at some point from that annoying feeling of abdominal bloating. What you may not know is that some foods that can help to deflate the belly. We’re going to talk about it.

First of all, you should know that bloating or abdominal distension is caused by the accumulation of gases or liquids. It can be caused by different situations, such as certain foods that are difficult to digest or by certain health conditions.

However, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicinethere are other causes associated with health conditions that lead to bloating. These include irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, food intolerances, and certain medications. Not to mention premenstrual syndrome.

Abdominal bloating and diet

As long as you’re certain that the cause of your bloating is mostly due to dietary issues, the solution would also be focused on food. Always remember that if the symptoms persist, worsen, or new problems occur, then you should consult a doctor.

Because of hormonal changes, women have a greater tendency to suffer from fluid retention. Here’s a list of foods that can cause bloating or abdominal distension. We’ll also show you which ones could be beneficial to reduce bloating.

Foods that cause bloating

Glasses of milk.
As far as possible, infant milk should be fortified with vitamin D.

Some of these foods are necessary for a balanced diet. However, they may be responsible for that bloated belly that bothers you so much. Among them we can mention the following:

  • Dairy products
  • Legumes
  • Cabbage
  • Carbonated drinks
  • High-fat foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Salt

Discover more in this article: What Do Intestinal Gases Say about Your Health?

Foods that help to deflate the belly

Within the wide variety of foods that we have to nourish us day after day are those that would help prevent fluid retention or gases in the abdomen.

  • Fruits such as peaches, pears, pineapples, or apples
  • Lean meats that are baked, broiled, or boiled
  • Herbs such as parsley, oregano, or basil
  • Rice
  • Vegetables such as squash
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini (without skin or seeds)
  • Infusions of lemon verbena, mint, linden, and boldo could also help to reduce swelling.

It’s important to note that, even though these foods are considered beneficial to deflate the belly, it’s necessary to supplement their intake with other healthy foods.

You shouldn’t make restrictive diets with only these foods. Instead, you should include them in a balanced eating plan that provides all the nutrients necessary for your body.

Other recommendations

A glass of water.

On days when your stomach is feeling more bloated, you shouldn’t stop drinking water. This will help you to eliminate excess fluids. Don’t believe the myth that if you have a bloated stomach you shouldn’t drink water. However, bear in mind that if you drink mineral water, it should be sodium-free.

And, of course, you should avoid very salty foods. As different studies point out, too much sodium could make your situation worse, as it’ll make you retain more fluids in your body. Use other methods to season and flavor your meals such as spices, which give a nice flavor without adding extra sodium to your preparation.

Exercise shouldn’t be forgotten about. With a simple walk, you’ll help to mobilize the extra fluids which can then be eliminated effectively.

Final recommendations

It isn’t impossible to achieve a nice figure, but it requires effort. You need to get to know your body and know how it reacts to different foods. It’s important to emphasize that you shouldn’t skip any type of food that’s necessary for good nutrition, just simply because it causes abdominal bloating.

The ideal thing would be to consult a nutritionist. A professional can explain the proper way to replace the foods that cause discomfort or advise you on how to consume them to avoid alterations in your body.

With simple changes when cooking food you can prevent potential discomfort. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of these products without suffering the uncomfortable bloating.

And, finally, we should mention the importance of chewing your food well in order to prevent abdominal bloating. Mealtime should be like a ritual, with tranquility and harmony to avoid the discomfort associated with digestion.

Follow these tips and start eating more of these foods that can deflate your belly. In a short time, you’ll feel much better. Why not try it?

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