Can diet help with bloating?
If you suffer from bloating, taking a look at your diet and lifestyle is recommended. How and what we eat can increase gas production and cause more gas to accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract.
Most gases are generated by the intestinal bacteria fermenting certain complex carbohydrates and sugars. Fat and proteins are less gas-forming. It is also worth noting the way of eating and lifestyle. The formation of gases may be favoured by increased swallowing of air, for example during:
- Eating in a hurry,
- Speaking while eating,
- Smoking cigarettes,
- Chewing gum.
In the case of flatulence and gases, it is worth trying a diet based on food products that do not cause excessive gas production. The following list of foods is only a very general recommendation, as each person reacts differently to certain dietary components. The best thing is to listen to your body and avoid foods that cause unwanted symptoms such as bloating, distension and/or flatulence.
Mostly well tolerated foods include:
- Meat, poultry and fish,
- Vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes,
- Fruits such as grapes, berries, cherries,
- Yogurt, kefir, buttermilk.
Introduce changes in the diet gradually, observing the reactions of your body so as to be able to exclude products that exacerbate your ailments.
In general, it helps promote your well-being to eat fresh, unprocessed food, without artificial additives such as dyes or preservatives.