A distended stomach can cause difficulty with fitting into an outfit, whether it be a pair of jeans, trousers, or dress. Harbouring a food baby isn’t the best look when you’re trying to impress. The next time you’re due to attend a special event – whether it be a birthday celebration, wedding, or christening – try eating a tropical fruit. Dr Papasavas – who is the co-director of metabolic and bariatric surgery at Hartford Hospital – recommends eating pineapple.
If you want to flavour your food, spices and fresh lemon are better alternatives.
Fizzy drinks contain carbon dioxide that can become trapped in the digestive system and cause bloating.
“Coffee and black tea may also cause indigestion,” Dr Papasavas warned.
It’s also better not to drink from a straw if you want to minimise how much air you swallow and the likelihood of bloating.
When it comes to legumes, “soak them for at least 48 hours and change the water several times”.
Furthermore, he suggests serving legumes with quinoa and to add spices, such as coriander, cumin, or turmeric.
As for cruciferous vegetables, which include kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, steam them to soften their fibre.
Softening the fibre will make the vegetables easier to digest.
And when it comes to exercise, moving the body helps to improve the health and function of the digestive system and decreases bloating.