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If You Don’t Want To Suffer From Bloating, You Should Avoid Eating These 8 Foods

If You Don’t Want To Suffer From Bloating, You Should Avoid Eating These 8 Foods

Feeling gassy and bloated is a common feeling we’ve all experienced from time to time but for some people it can be a regular occurrence.

Bloating, burping and passing gas is a result of either swallowing too much air or the breakdown of food in the digestive tract. It’s isn’t uncommon to experience these symptoms but when it becomes uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing, it could be worth looking at the types of food you consume.

Certain foods can be too difficult for the gut to break down and gas is the leftover product when those foods sit in your colon where the undigested particles are fermented. While everyone is different and reacts to different foods, there are certain foods that can cause us to bloat and pass gas more frequently.

So if you want to know how to get rid of bloating through the foods you eat, try eliminating these 8 gas-producing culprits.

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1. Dairy Products

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    Lactose is found in most dairy products and it’s this sugar that many people find hard to digest if they don’t produce enough of an enzyme called lactase. As a result, a lactose intolerance is established which increases bloating and gas. Try switching to lactose-free milk and cheese or soy alternatives.

    2. Vegetables containing complex sugar

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      While vegetables shouldn’t be avoided in your diet, some such as broccoli, cabbage, asparagus and Brussel sprouts can increase bloating and gas. This is because they contain a complex sugar called raffinose. The body can sometimes have a bad time digesting this sugar and passes it through to your large intestine where bacteria break it down and produces excess gas and therefore bloating.

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      3. Fruits with sorbitol

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        Fruits such as apples, pears and prunes contain another type of sugar that the body can find hard to digest, called sorbitol. This, together with soluble fibre, is also passed through the large intestine ready to be broken down by bacteria and as a result large amounts of hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane gas are produced which can cause excess bloating.

        4. Whole Grains

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          Whole grains, while containing high amounts of fibre, also contain raffinose – the same complex sugar found in vegetables. If you’re looking for a grain that doesn’t cause gas and bloating, rice is a good option.

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          5. Beans

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            Beans are another source of raffinose and are probably the most well-known cause of excess gas and bloating. Try soaking beans overnight to reduce the amount of gas produced.

            6. Fizzy Drinks

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              Carbonated drinks such as sodas cause gas and bloating in a different way. The amount of air swallowed is increased with the fizzy air bubbles and causes air to get trapped in the digestive tract. Try drinking non-fizzy drinks such as tea and water as an alternative.

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              7. Processed Foods

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                Processed foods are all full of stuff that isn’t particularly good for the body but the main culprit for gas and bloating is lactose and fructose. This combination reeks havoc on the digestive system and it isn’t uncommon to feel quite bloated after feasting on snack foods especially if they are high in salt.

                8. Onions

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                  You can find onions in a lot of savoury dishes but as much as they add a dimension of flavour to a meal, they also contain fructose that contributes to the high amount of gas produced when broken down by bacteria.

                  Featured photo credit: MabelAmber via pixabay.com

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                  Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                  You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                  Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                  1. Work on the small tasks.

                  When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                  Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                  2. Take a break from your work desk.

                  Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                  Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                  3. Upgrade yourself

                  Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                  The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                  4. Talk to a friend.

                  Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                  Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                  5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                  If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                  Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                  Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                  6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                  If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                  Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                  Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                  7. Read a book (or blog).

                  The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                  Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                  Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                  8. Have a quick nap.

                  If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                  9. Remember why you are doing this.

                  Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                  What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                  10. Find some competition.

                  Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                  Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                  11. Go exercise.

                  Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                  Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                  As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                  12. Take a good break.

                  Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                  Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                  Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                  Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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