Banish the Bloat

by Amie on June 23, 2010

We’ve all had those days when we just can’t seem to banish the bloat in our stomach areas…here are a few culprits that may be causing your bloated belly…follow these tips and see how you feel.  Many of my clients swear they instantly feel better within a few days after tweaking a few of their daily rituals.

Forgo the Gum

When we chew gum, we swallow air, which can be trapped in our GI tracts and result in an uncomfortable bloated belly.

Ditch the Salt Shaker

High sodium foods such as processed, packaged goods, condiments and many restaurant meals can leave you bloated and uncomfortable, especially if they ‘slip’ MSG in the ingredient list.

Bloater Veggies

We all know broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are sure gas creators, therefore steer clear of these gas guzzlers and your intestinal tract will thank you.


Reach for Potassium

Foods rich in potassium such as strawberries and bananas counterbalance the sodium in your system and will leave you feeling less bloated and ‘puffy’.


The Bloat Culprits:

  • Alcohol
  • Soy Sauce
  • Canned Soups
  • Popcorn
  • Dried Fruit

The Bloat Busters:

  • Blueberries
  • Asparagus
  • Salmon
  • Watermelon
  • Citrus Fruits

Are there certain foods and beverages that seem to leave you feeling bloated?


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Mellissa June 23, 2010 at 10:47 am

Cow milk leaves me feeling very bloated, thankfully almond milk does not!

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Lisa June 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

Thanks for the list of foods that ease bloat. I knew the triggers, but not those remedies.

I find certain types of dairy bother me, like kefir and some ice creams

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Lourdes June 24, 2010 at 6:32 am

Any food you are allergic to can cause bloating. Wheat intolerance is fairly common and people who are unaware of this intolerance will experience bloating after consuming foods that contain wheat. Dairy intolerance is also common.

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The Healthy Apple June 24, 2010 at 10:02 am

Thank you, Lourdes. I agree as I am both lactose and gluten intolerant and face bloating issues when I consume either of these foods.

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Heather @ (The Single Dish) June 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm

So wonderful to see you last night! Such a nice surprise to run into you at the EB event. Yes, we must stay in touch and get together, looking forward to it.

I did not know the dried fruit caused bloating, that is so upsetting! But so good to know. Thanks!

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The Healthy Apple June 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Thanks Heather; so great to see you last night, as well. The Eggland’s Best event was so much fun and I’m so glad we were able to chat and catch up…looking forward to seeing you again soon. Have a great day. Best, Aims

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