If you ask me, there's nothing worse than feeling bloated. It's uncomfortable, it makes you feel lazy and lethargic, and it basically makes it impossible to wear anything other than leggings until the bloat subsides. But bloating isn't just an awkward feeling; it can actually mess up your digestive system and make it hard for you to go about your usual routine. The thing is, there are certain foods that make you more bloated than others, but here's the good news: It's super to easy to swap out the stuff that makes you feel uncomfortable, and make room for feel-good eats that give you the energy you're really craving.
In an interview with Elite Daily, Dr. Daryl Gioffre, a celebrity nutritionist and author of the bestselling book Get Off Your Acid, shares some simple tips for ensuring your stomach stays healthy and feeling great. For instance, he says, if you begin to feel bloated, it might not have anything to do with the foods you're eating; you may actually be dehydrated. So before you do anything else, drink up. "The first thing to do when feeling bloated is to drink a tall glass of alkaline water with lemon or lime slices," Dr. Gioffre tells Elite Daily.
Sometimes though, a swollen stomach can be a symptom of a larger health problem, so keep an eye out for bloating red flags like simultaneous pain, constipation, or nausea.
For the record, this is certainly not a “do not eat these foods” type of list. If you love some of the foods that can contribute to bloating, by all means eat up! Just make sure you’re eating a good variety of other foods, too, so you don’t have to deal with the discomfort of bloating all the time. Here’s what to watch out for, along with some simple swaps, so you can ensure your diet makes you feel your absolute best.