What Causes Bloating?
First, let’s dig into what bloating actually is. Being bloated is completely different from actually gaining weight. Just because your stomach is bloated that doesn’t mean you’ve gained belly fat, it might just mean you’ve eaten something that caused an inflammatory response that is (most often) causing an increase in gas in your abdomen. Some people experience bloating as a reaction to certain types of food, like dairy. Listening to your body and taking note of what you’re eating when you feel bloated is key to figuring out which foods might irritate your system.
Some people experience bloating as a result of eating too much or eating too quickly. Whatever the reason for your bloating, there are plenty of healthy foods (that also taste great!) that help reduce and prevent bloating. If you’re looking for a solution to bloating and want to eat something today that will help you look and feel better by tomorrow, you’re in the right place.
This is our list of the BEST foods (and drinks!) to fight bloat!
The Best Foods To Fight Bloat
The amount of water you drink in a day is one of the most important aspects your overall health. If you aren’t drinking enough water, it’s likely contributing to your bloated belly.
Contrary to popular belief about water causing bloating, when you’re not drinking ENOUGH water, your body beings to desperately retain water, making you bloated. Additionally, drinking water prevents constipation, another cause of bloating.
2. Green Melon & Watermelon
If you’re retaining water, snack on some melon! It helps flush out excess water from your system and because it’s loaded with potassium, it acts as a natural electrolyte!
3. Green Tea
Green tea can aid in digestion and quell the symptoms of bloating. Not only that, but drinking green tea can help you avoid sugary, caffeinated soft drinks, which themselves are often a source of bloating.
Carrots are very high in fiber and potassium and can help kick your digestive system into gear.
Onions can help gastrointestinal issues and also kick your digestive system into gear.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known to speed up digestion and help your body regulate gas and digestive distress. Though the taste is something you’ll likely need to get used to, we recommend mixing a tablespoon with 8 ounces of water!
Drinking ACV straight may cause problems with your tooth enamel and intestines.
Cranberries are a fantastic diuretic and can help flush your system. Pure cranberry juice is a great way to incorporate cranberries into your diet, but avoid the cranberry cocktail juices that are loaded with sugar!
Kiwi is high in fiber and hydrating, and can help kick your bowels into gear. Kiwis can help ease IBS and reduce constipation.
Pineapples, similar to kiwis, are high in fiber and are hydrating. They have been known to reduce belly bloat and colonic inflammation.
Throw some pineapple into your next smoothie bowl!
Lemons are a phenomenal diuretic. People believe in their ability to aid weight loss, which is likely due to their ability to reduce bloating, too. They are known to reduce inflammation and give you a little antioxidant boost.
The easiest way to incorporate lemons into your diet? Sip on lemon water!
Eggs are a great way to prevent bloating or stop it in its tracks.
They’re a healthy, protein-rich way to start your morning without contributing to more bloating issues the way bread-based breakfasts can.
Ginger has become a standard go-to for helping to fight an upset stomach, and for good reason. It’s a very powerful anti-inflammatory that helps reduce bloating and gassiness.
Not sure how to incorporate ginger into your day? Try a smoothie.
Cucumbers are super hydrating while helping to fight leaky gut issues and inflammation!
Asparagus is loaded with prebiotics and probiotics, helping to balance out your gut bacteria and avoid weight gain related bloating.
Turmeric is a major anti-inflammatory that can help calm IBS and any related symptoms, many of which contribute to bloating.