A bloated tummy is usually caused by trapped or excess wind.
This can occur after eating food which is gassy or difficult to digest.
The most obvious examples of foods which are hard to digest are junk food and stodgy foods.
The most obvious examples of gassy drinks are soft drinks and beer.
However, if you eat lots of these three foods, they could also be the reason behind your bloated tummy.
Legumes include beans, lentils, peas and peanuts, and have a very high lectin content.
Lectins are a type of protein that bind to cell membranes, and can be harmful or toxic when foods containing them are eaten raw, or if they are eaten in large quantities.
This can lead to an upset stomach and other digestion problems.
For this reason, foods containing lectins, such as legumes, need to be properly cooked or fermented to reduce lectin content.
Cruciferous vegetables include cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts and broccoli.
These types of vegetables can cause excess gas due to their high fibre content.
Fibre is actually essential in aiding the digestion process by helping to bulk up stools, making them easier to pass.
However, eating too much fibre can have the opposite effect as the digestive system struggles to absorb it.
This causes gas build-up as the fibre ferments.
Some people struggle to digest lactose, which is the sugar found in milk.
If this is the case, drinking milk and consuming other dairy products can cause wind and diarrhoea.
This goes for all products containing dairy, such as cream, cheese, yoghurt and chocolate.
“Try to stay away from foods and drinks that trigger your digestive symptoms,” said the NHS.
Published at Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:47:00 +0000