A bloated stomach can make you feel pretty uncomfortable. Bloating happens when the gastrointestinal tract becomes full of gas. Your belly can feel very full, tight and can even be painful.(1) This is definitely not the feeling you want to be walking around with all day.
WHAT CAUSES BLOATING?
Bloating can be caused by several things, including poor eating habits, such as eating too fast; drinking carbonated beverages; eating foods that are gassy or high in lactose, such as onion, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, legumes, etc. All these things can have unpleasant consequences.2)
Do you regularly suffer from a bloated stomach? The following seven drinks could offer some relief. Give them a try!
Important: If you constantly have to deal with a bloated stomach, feeling too full, or gurgling in your belly or if you have the feeling that something’s not right, talk to your doctor.
7 DRINKS TO RELIEVE A BLOATED STOMACH
1. GREEN TEA
Unsweetened hot or cold green tea quenches your thirst, boosts your metabolism, and can act like a prebiotic (non-digestible food fibers that stimulate the growth of good bacteria in your gut).
Green tea and other tea varieties contain polyphenolic compounds with catechins. Catechins are natural antioxidants found in plants that get absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract and have been proven to prevent gastrointestinal disorders.(3)
2. WATER WITH LEMON OR CUCUMBER
Pep up your water with a slice or two of lemon. This adds variety to your drink and tastes amazing. Lemons stimulate your metabolism as the acid helps break down food. Lemon juice is also a natural diuretic whichmeans it can help your body get rid of excess salt and water and, in turn, help with bloating.(4)
Tip: Drink still water. Carbonated water can cause a bloated stomach.
3. WATERMELON SMOOTHIE
A smoothie made from fresh watermelon can taste wonderful and refreshing. Thanks to its high water and potassium content, this fruit is a great bloating remedy. Plus, it is low in calories.
For our favorite recipe, you only need watermelon, frozen strawberries, your choice of yogurt, honey, and some almond milk. Throw it all in a blender, and done!
4. PEPPERMINT TEA
Peppermint has many positive benefits, from relieving cramps to treating headaches. This also makes peppermint tea the perfect drink for getting rid of belly bloat. One study showed that after four weeks of taking peppermint oil, which is found in peppermint tea, it helped reduce abdominal symptoms such as bloating.(5)
Peppermint tea tastes best when you pour hot water over the fresh peppermint leaves and let it brew for several minutes.
5. PINEAPPLE FRAPPÉ
This is a perfect and easy-to-make summer drink to stay cool and also relieve a bloated stomach. Pineapple is packed full of the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain helps reduces inflammation and stimulates digestion.(6) Thus, helping reduce bloating in your stomach.
To make a pineapple frappé, all you need is pineapple and ice. For an extra dash of flavor, you can add a few mint leaves. Just throw it all in the blender, and done! Drink and enjoy.
6. CELERY JUICE
Celery juice has been a popular diet and cleansing drink over the past years, but it is also packed full of anti-inflammatory properties, which can help you feel less bloated. The plant compounds luteolin and pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) found in celery juice, and other fruits and vegetables are responsible for the improvement in your gut to make you feel less bloated.(7)
Although celery juice can help you feel better, it is not recommended for people with a sensitive stomach or those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
7. FENNEL TEA
Fennel, another wonder herb on this list, or more specifically, fennel tea, is another great remedy to help you feel less bloated. Fennel has been proven to have antibacterial properties which can help relieve things like indigestion, gas, or colic pain.(8)
Along with helping you fight bloating, fennel can also help you fight infections and help you sleep better. Fennel tea makes a great evening drink to relax and unwind after a long day and get your gut feeling better.