Do you suffer from bloating and abdominal discomfort? Do you feel your stomach gets inflated like a balloon after each meal? What and how you eat can be a game changer in reducing this uncomfortable digestive symptom! Here are my top tips for keeping bloating at bay:
- Avoid gluten. Gluten is very often the culprit behind all kinds of digestive issues, so going gluten-free for about 2 to 3 weeks will help you see if gluten is indeed linked to your bloating and abdominal discomfort.
- Avoid FODMAPs. FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates known as fermentable oligo-di-monosaccharides and polyols that are linked to bloating. Reducing foods found in this category has been found to improve digestion and reduce gas and bloating. The most common foods in the FODMAP list are: dairy, wheat, apples, pears, watermelon, garlic, onions, legumes and honey.
- Have smaller meals.
- Chew your food well. Undigested food is more likely to cause bloating and overproduction of bad bacteria as it progresses down the GI tract.
- Take a supplement with pre and probiotics.