Surely you have proven it over and over again, there are foods that are digested as if by magic and make us feel satisfied without causing us any discomfort, while others can become real problems: they cause gas, acidity, indigestion, heaviness, they give us dream … the list is long. One of the most unpleasant consequences of these heavy foods is inflammation of the belly, sometimes mild and without major consequences, other times so acute that we cannot even button our jeans.
These are some of the possible culprits that, although you should not completely eliminate from your diet, you could regulate them or simply know when to eat them and when not:
Broccoli, cabbage, kale: These and other cucifer vegetables contain raffinose, a sugar that is not digested until it is fermented in the stomach. Inflammation is the inevitable side effect.
What you can do: Cooking them, whether steamed, boiled or sauteed, facilitates the digestion of vegetables.
Pulses. With so many jokes playing the leading role, no one will be surprised to find beans on this list. Whether black, white, or red, lentils, or chickpeas, these protein-rich foods are great gas triggers. The fibers and sugars they contain are not easy to digest until the stomach bacteria do their job.
What you can do: Consume them with other easier-to-digest whole grains, such as rice, quinoa, or millet.
Dairy products. People with lactose intolerance do not have certain enzymes necessary to digest foods derived from milk. The result is that when ingested, lactose is not processed and causes gas and inflammation of the belly. If you suspect that this is your case, there are many non-dairy or lactose-free alternatives, and even tablets that help assimilate lactose.
- Apples. The saying goes that "an apple a day is a healthy thing"; however, some people cannot digest the fructose and sorbitol that this fruit contains, and consequently suffer from gas-swollen bellies.
What you can do: If you feel affected, eat apples in moderation and choose the moment well.
Sal. Although necessary for the body in moderation, in addition to being one of the potential culprits of hypertension, salt causes fluid retention and also causes you to swell.
What you can do: Avoid high sodium processed foods and consume only the recommended amount of salt.
Sodas. Bubbles from carbonated drinks can cause gas to get trapped in your stomach.
What you can do: Drink regular water, you can flavor it with lemon or cucumber. Or reduce the amount of carbonated drinks you consume per day. Peppermint tea helps lower swelling in the abdomen.
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The WebMD on its website explains that it is a myth that belly inflammation is due to fluid accumulation - in people who do not have any disease that causes it, of course - and that the real cause is intestinal gas. And they advise that as a general rule we eat foods rich in fiber and do some physical activity to avoid constipation, which also causes inflammation. Another advice they give us is to avoid eating fast, because when we do it and we don't chew the food long enough, we swallow air and this also makes our stomach swell. Take note!