I have come across many people who have made drastic changes to improve their lifestyle with a healthy diet and exercise. I just love it when a person tells me they are now eating properly according to the advice that I have provided either in person or on this blog.
But I have discovered a common question arises when many people change their diets.
“Why am I bloating?” Or “Why the gas?”
I know bloating is uncomfortable. Nobody enjoys that feeling of what feels like a bowling ball in their gut after eating a seemingly healthy meal.
And, who likes gas except that baby who is sitting in a bathtub making bubbles from their behind? Yes, all Mothers and Fathers should know what I am talking about there.
I must first tell you that I am extremely proud of you that you have made the eating changes needed so you live a healthier life. And, I can help you with the bloating and gas issue I believe. The issue is with some of the foods or drinks you are ingesting.
So I am going to tell you some alternatives. But before I do, let me explain why you are getting gas or bloating.
Items that will not digest easily
There are certain foods that are not easy for our system to digest. They are known as FODMAPs. That acronym stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. While I know that the majority of readers probably do not understand those words, the word fermentable should catch your eye.
Alcoholic drinks are fermented. When foods do not digest in your GI tract, they ferment in your gut and that is what causes gas and bloating.
But there are alternatives, so I will share some of the foods that are causing these issues and what you can do to bypass those foods and still get the nutrition you need.
Certain vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and kale in raw form are known to cause bloating. This is because of the high fiber content that your system plays havoc breaking down.
But you need the nutrients these vegetables give, so the best methods to solve this issue is to steam the vegetables. By doing so, you soften the fiber and it is easier to digest.
And to really make it easier on your system, after steaming, add them to a broth or soup.
For kale lovers, if it is bloating you bad, try switching to watercress. As for cabbage, sauerkraut is much easier to digest.
Milk is high on the bloating list. It is a hard to digest item because of the lactose.
I often recommend Coconut or Almond milk. They have a much higher content of vitamins and minerals anyway.
Maybe you like the fizz in seltzer water, but it doesn’t like you. Carbonated drinks are known to cause high levels of gas. If you just like the flavor in comparison to regular H2O, try drinking water with lemon or lime juice added.
Or you could add ½ part Apple Cider Vinegar to 8 parts water, a sprinkle of ginger and some raw honey. Hmm, hmm good.
Beans and Legumes
I still remember that little tune we sang as kids:
that wonderful fruit.
The more you eat;
the more you toot!
Yes, beans and legumes are known to cause gas. But it is a great source of protein. I suggest switching up to eggs or organic grass fed beef.
Garlic is wonderful but it is hard for our systems to digest. The best alternative is to use Chives instead. No, they won’t match that Garlic flavor, but they digest much easier.
Onions are a flavor that cannot be matched, but they are also quite bad on digestive systems. Not only bloating, they can cause indigestion and acid reflux.
But how to leave onions out of your recipes? That is not a simple answer, but the best bet is to use onion infused oils. Extra virgin olive oil normally has onion infused in it.
Here is another item that is difficult to tell you to stop eating. The vitamins and mineral content is fabulous in an apple. But the high fiber content and high fructose make apples a common bloating problem.
Try cooking them and making applesauce. Or switch to fruits like berries, grapes or melons.
So are there any other food items that seem to be giving you bloating or gas issues?
Feel free to share them with us and I will explain some alternatives.
I want you to maintain a healthy diet, but I don’t want you feeling like you have a rock in your stomach. So ask those questions and I will give you an answer that will hopefully help you overcome this issue.
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Thanks again and have a great week.