Most of us totally hate that uncomfortable feeling of bloating in our bellies. Bloating can be caused by a lot of factors; it can either be because of water or gas retention, or constipation. But before you seek relief by heading out to the pharmacy right away, you might want to check out your fridge for these natural anti-bloating foods first.
Papaya can shrink that belly down
Papayas are known to contain the enzyme called papain, which works similarly to the digestive enzymes that our pancreas secretes in order to break down proteins brought by food. This tropical fruit turns out to affect many aspects of our digestion, and is said to ease bloating that could be related to constipation or gas retention.
To help you reap the most benefits out of the papain enzyme, you can ea a papaya whole or make a smoothie out of it. Fruit juices are not only easy to consume, they are also devoid of the fruit’s essential vitamins and nutrients. Another option would be to take in papain in supplement forms; however, taking it would not be as beneficial as taking in a whole papaya since its minerals and enzymes impart much greater benefits than that of an isolated nutrient.
Eat a cup of yogurt
Now that many yogurt companies have already been advertising their yogurts that contain probiotics, you might want to take advantage of it…or not. While it is true that the good bacteria found in yogurts, such as lactobacillus, bifidus, and acidohilus, can aid your digestion process and help in regulating your system, you need not give in to those fancier brands of yogurt.
Technically, all yogurt companies must carry in their products the ‘Live and Active Cultures’ symbol to continue selling their products. This means that all yogurts contain probiotics and your only worry is to just find the ones with the most live and active cultures. Experts say you should avoid those that contain high-fructose corn syrup or any that has artificial sweeteners. To be safe, just go with a plain and unflavored one and just flavor it with your own jam or honey.
Black licorice roots are not just candy
You don’t have to go running to a candy store to grab one, though. In fact, black licorice roots can be found in most health food stores in either supplement or liquid extract forms. It turns out that this food has a natural diuretic and mild laxative property which could help you greatly with your water retention problems.
Doctors recommend you take 1 ml of this extract for three times a day during the few days of the month that you feel extra-bloated. Don’t use this if you’ve got hypertension or a congestive heart failure, though, as it can only make matters worse.
It’s best you keep a stock of these foods, if you are the kind who usually feels bloated all the time. They are not only accessible and much cheaper than medicines, they also do less harm to your health.