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Foods You Should Avoid to Beat the Bloat

By Genevieve Cunningham

There’s nothing worse than feeling bloated. Your pants feel tight. It hurts to bend or sit. Your face feels puffy. While some bloat is inevitable, there are certain things that you can do to keep it at bay. If you want to keep the bloating sensation to a minimum, take a look at these foods that should be avoided in your diet.

Cauliflower

This veggie is good for you. It really is! But it can also cause quite a bit of bloating. It is incredibly high in fiber, which makes it difficult for your body to break down. This means it stays in the digestive tract longer, eventually leading to bloat. If you enjoy this vegetable, just eat it in moderation, and preferably at times when a little bloat won’t be terribly uncomfortable. You can also try boiling or steaming the vegetables, which makes them easier for your body to digest.

Onions

Onions are a strange and delicious food. They’re actually incredibly healthy, bringing a ton of benefits to your body and life including illness fighting capabilities. But they’ve also been known to cause a bit of bloat for many people, as well as other digestive issues such as indigestion, nausea, and acid reflux. Can you still enjoy onions? Yes! But eat them sparingly until you know how your body is going to react to their presence in your digestive tract. It might also help to use the powder for flavor in order to cut back on the actual onion from time to time.

Beans

You probably already knew this one. Beans have long been the subject of jokes galore because of their bloat-causing tendencies. Beans contain a compound that binds to other food in your intestines, which then makes digestion more difficult and bloat more common. If you want to eat beans, eat them in small amounts. And since beans are healthy because of their protein content, consider eating a few beans along with a little extra meat to get the right amount of protein for a healthy diet.

Everyone’s body reacts differently to different foods, but these tend to be the culprits of bloat for a great many. If you find a bloated sensation after eating any of these, adjust your intake to eliminate the bloat. The less bloat you experience, the better you’ll feel, and the more comfortable you’ll be throughout the day.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Covina, Calif.

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