By Dr Megan Chircop
Bloating is uncomfortable. That perfectly full feeling when you're completely satisfied is one thing. Feeling uncomfortably full or blown-up—sometimes to the point that it's hard to button your favourite jeans—is an entirely different matter. What's worse is when you can not figure out what you ate that caused you to feel bloated.
It’s complicated, because there's no one thing that causes it and everybody is different.
You could be bloated for a number of reasons. To just name a few:
In today's hectic society we often eat out at restaurants, grab fast food or buy processed food products due to a lack of time. As a result, the major reason why people get bloated after a meal is due to the high salt content in these 'quick-and-easy' meals. I'm not going to elaborate here but I don't need to tell you that these meals should also be minimised as part of a healthy lifestyle because they are also more often than not nutritionally deficient. Meals made at home have less salt.
Here, we look at how to combat excess salt in your diet to reduce that bloat and get you back to feeling comfortable in your skinny jeans.
Potassium is a mineral and electrolyte. It works in opposition with sodium (salt) to keep the fluid levels in the body regular.
Sodium is essential for hydration because it pumps water into your cells--hence why too much makes you feel full and bloated. On the other hand, potassium functions in the pumping of byproducts or waste products out of the cell. The correct balance between sodium and potassium ensures the body’s fluid levels are regulated so you should not feel dehydrated or bloated. However, what we eat plays a big role in this balance between sodium and potassium levels in our body and therefore how we feel.
If you're experiencing bloat from fluid retention, i.e. a salty meal. Therefore upping your potassium intake will help decrease that balloon-like tummy feeling.
Here are some foods packed with that debloating agent:
In addition to helping to reduce bloating, Potassium is is essential for all of your body’s functions. A healthy diet should include a certain amount of potassium every day—the recommend daily intake (RDI) is 4,700 mg. Here is what potassium does:
One of the easiest foods to start including in your diet to boost potassium levels is bananas.
Here are some quick and easy suggestions for how to include bananas in to your diet.
Bananas also offer a huge range of other health benefits.
Having a meal plan will ensure you are getting the right balance of vitamins and minerals in your diet prevent bloating!
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