That heavy feeling after a large meal, followed by a huge bloated gut, is not exactly the nicest feeling and it can certainly cause discomfort. If you regularly experience symptoms associated with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) including bloating, belching, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation and a distended gut, you may be in need of a digestion overhaul. Identifying the reasons for your symptoms should be first on your list, followed by a nutritional protocol to encourage healthy digestion, leaving you symptom free.
If you google ‘foods to beat the bloat’, you will come across numerous blogs recommending so-called wonder foods to ‘banish’ bloating and to keep your stomach flat; please – don’t be fooled by such simplistic advice after trawling the internet. Looking at the physiology of the digestive tract, it is apparent that eating a supposed ‘superfood’ is not going to stop your excess gas production if you are unable to break down certain foods in your stomach and intestines. Digestion is a little more complicated than eating one food to flatten your stomach, and therefore we need to concentrate on optimising digestion all round.