Having tummy problems is never fun. It comes at inappropriate times, too. You usually get that tight and uncomfortable feeling after a huge meal of pizza or chili washed down with carbonated drinks. Instead of being able to enjoy your meal in peace, you now tend to stay away from food that is sure to give you a tummy ache.
More than a simple tummy ache, that feeling of being gassy and bloated may be a sign of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It is a common problem that affects the colon. Approximately 1 in 5 Australians experience IBS. Other symptoms of IBS include: abdominal pain, cramping, constipation or diarrhea. The main cause of IBS cannot be pinpointed, but it can be brought about by a number of things like: stress, hormonal changes, or being on a particular type of meds (antibiotics). It can be exacerbated by certain types of food. Foods such as cruciferous vegetables (looking at you, cabbage and broccoli!), dairy products, carbonated drinks, and (most notoriously) beans may cause gas and belly bloat and could certainly aggravate IBS symptoms.
If food can cause belly bloat, food can also help reduce it! Here are 7 healthy foods that can help calm bloating:
Incorporate these foods into your diet to combat bloating and have a healthy and balanced digestive system.
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