6 foods to ease bloating and help digestion

Tired of feeling bloated? I recommend foods to fill up on for less gas and gurgles and groaning, in Women's Health magazine online.

Women's Health magazine asked me to share the most common digestive problems I come across in my day to day work. And number 1 is... bloating.

More women come to my clinic complaining about bloating than ever before. My clients are always surprised when I tell them that their lifestyle is the culprit, not just their diet. We live our lives at a fast pace and that takes its toll on the gut.

Snacking on the run, working through lunch, eating late: it all puts pressure on your digestive system. Add in big life stressors, like striving for a promotion and always being ‘on’, and your gut just can’t cope. Digestion is a complex system which needs everything in harmony. When this is interrupted by stress, it can trigger chronic digestive problems like IBS and, putting it bluntly, what you put in your mouth influences what comes out the other end. If you’re eating smoked salmon on rye for lunch and a vegetable stir-fry for dinner, you’re getting antioxidants, fibre and Omega 3 fatty acids – all great for a healthy gut. But if it’s brioche with jam for breakfast and spaghetti carbonara after your run, your digestive system will start to suffer.

So, what are the best foods to help digestion that also fit into a fast-paced lifestyle? I share my top powerhouse foods for digestive health in Women's Health magazine, and give you the fast facts below.

Plum porridge - Women's Health

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1. Porridge oats

Eat uncooked oats for maximum benefit, such as overnight oats.

2. Sauerkraut

Make sure it’s fresh sauerkraut from the supermarket fridge section.

3. Spelt sourdough bread

The sourdough making process makes spelt even more digestible.

4. Fruit, vegetables and grains

Specifically those high in soluble fibre: oats, fruit and veg like oranges, sweet potato and carrots.

5. Apple cider vinegar

New research shows that dietary sources of short chain fatty acids could keep our gut cells healthy.

5. Oily fish 

The best way to get your Omega 3? Oily fish like salmon, mackerel or anchovies.

 

Read more of my interviews with Women's Health magazine.

Your digestive health coach,

Kym at pip nutrition

20 April 2018