Stomach bloating – the juice you should drink every day to avoid trapped wind pain
Stomach bloating is a common condition that affects most people at some point in their lifetime, according to the NHS. The condition can make your stomach feel swollen, puffy, and generally just very uncomfortable. But making some simple diet swaps could help to get rid of your bloating pain, or even prevent the condition from developing in the first place. You could lower your chances of developing stomach bloating by regularly drinking celery juice, it’s been claimed.
Celery juice has lots of health benefits, while being low in calories, according to Lifelab nutritionist Sian Baker.
The juice provides food for ‘good’ gut bacteria, which balance out the stomach’s microbiota, she said.
Allowing these bacteria to grow lowers your chances of feeling bloated, while also improving your overall health, she revealed.
“Drinking 500ml each morning has been attributed to health benefits from reducing inflammation and improving gut health, to minimising toxins and bloating,” said Baker.
“Celery is a good rich in micronutrients and fibre. It offers vitamin C which is used in the body as a natural oxidant, and is also a good source of vitamin A and K, B vitamins, phosphate, iron, manganese, calcium and magnesium.
“The fibre in celery can bind to cholesterol, transporting it out of the body, therefore helping to lower cholesterol.
“It also acts as fuel for our gut flora, allowing beneficial bacteria to flourish, and may be the link to the reduction in bloating experienced by manning using the celery cleanse.
“Many fruit and vegetables provide this kind of array of nutrients, however the key difference with celery is that comparatively to many other fruits and vegetables, it is low in calories.”
Having celery in a juice makes it more concentrated, which increases your intake of its micronutrients, she added.
Meanwhile, there are also foods that you should actively avoid, or risk developing stomach bloating.
Cabbage is well known for causing gas, as it’s packed full of fibre that the body struggles to break down.
When the gut’s bacteria tries to digest the fibre, gas is created as a result, which leads to trapped wind.
You could lower your risk of stomach bloating by regularly exercising, avoiding certain foods, and by eating more slowly.
Swallowing air may also lead to trapped wind, added the NHS. You could swallow air by talking and eating at the same time, or even by chewing gum.
Eating regular meals and downsizing your portion sizes should help to ward off painful stomach swelling.
You should see a GP if your bloating symptoms persist, said the NHS. Bloating, and persistently feeling full, are key signs of ovarian cancer, it added.