foods that help fight bloat
adding black pepper, turmeric and cumin to recipes will help stimulate digestion, according to registered nutritional therapist fiona lawson. these spices will stimulate the liver to secrete highly acidic bile important for digesting fat and absorbing nutrients. they can also increase the functionality of pancreatic lipase, protease and amylase. these enzymes aid in metabolism and digestion. a happy gastrointestinal tract allows less time for water to be absorbed from digested food and reduces your risk of becoming constipated and bloated.
if you're looking for teas that settle stomach discomfort, go herbal. herbal teas can relieve bloating caused by a variety of triggers. peppermint is often used to soothe aching tummies after a meal because it relaxes the gut and relieves intestinal spasms, which could trigger bloating. another popular herbal tea is chamomile, which is often used to soothe nausea, indigestion, and bacterial infections.
apple cider vinegar
lawson also suggests apple cider vinegar to support stomach acid production and enhance digestion. you can add this pantry staple to warm water or a smoothie, mix it with healthy salad dressings, or use it as a partial glaze for vegetables and fish.
lawson points to sauerkraut, kimchi and sour pickles as stomach-happy fermented foods. all contain natural probiotics. healthy gut bacteria line the entire digestive system (most are in the intestines and colon), and help us to break down food and absorb nutrients.
this crunchy, hydrating vegetable has diuretic properties, meaning it will make you urinate a lot and, in turn, flush out excess water and sodium. celery is a great source for fiber, and has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients that protect the gi tract and keep you regular.
ginger is an anti-inflammatory food that works wonders for bloating. grate it into your favorite meat, a healthy stir fry or atop a piece of fish.
this tropical fruit contains bromelain, which promotes digestion enzymes that help deflate bloated bellies.