Sometimes, the digestive system stops working as well as we would like it to, and this causes problems we could well do without. So to avoid bloating and recurrent constipation, it is recommended that you limit your consumption of certain foods (which only make things worse), while there are other foods that are a great help in this regard and provide rapid relief from such symptoms.
Foods to avoid:
1) Asparagus, broccoli and cabbage
These foods are known for being very good for general health, but our digestive system does not seem to be in agreement. The enzyme alpha-galactosidase can help decompose sugars, but sometimes, we do not have enough of it to break down these foods, which leads to constipation, flatulence and bloating.
2) Dairy products
Many adults have difficulty digesting lactose, because the enzyme which breaks it down is present in high level in newborn babies, but this level reduces to 5% of its initial amount as we get older. This can lead to numerous unpleasant symptoms.
The oligosaccharides (a type of sugar) in beans are not digested by our bodies. Therefore, we recommend that you allow beans to soak for around an hour before cooking them, to avoid digestive problems.
4) Apples and pears
If you suffer from chronic bloating, avoid foods that contain soluble fibres that certain people find difficult to digest. You don’t need to stop eating them entirely, simply reducing your consumption of them should do the trick.
5) Chewing gum
Gas is linked to air that is swallowed (and also partially due to digestion). So guess what activity makes your swallow the most air? Chewing chewing gum, of course! Chewing gum every day is often the cause of gas and bloating. If you simply can’t resist, try to chew and swallow slowly.
Salt is partially responsible for water retention, which makes the stomach swell. To avoid this problem, avoid consuming too much sodium, which we find in processed foods and salty seasoning.