Stomach bloating – the lunch snack that could ‘beat bloating and flatten your stomach’
The condition may be caused by eating specific foods that cause gas, or by talking with your mouth full of food.
When you feel bloated, the stomach feels swollen, puffy, and generally uncomfortable.
But you could get rid of stomach bloating pain by eating cucumber, it’s been claimed.
Cucumber is a natural diuretic that could relieve bloating symptoms, said TV doctor, Dr Oz.
It’s is a great snack for anybody that often feels bloated due to its high water and low fibre content, he added.
Eating the fruit can help to stimulate urination, which in turn makes people feel slimmer, he said.
“We’ve all experienced it – that sensation of fullness and swelling in the abdomen,” said Dr Oz.
“This feeling is not only physically uncomfortable but also may affect our mood and self-esteem.
“We all will experience bloating from time to time. Often caused by natural processes during digestion, bloating is typically triggered by the accumulation of fluid or production of gas in the body.
“The occasional puff up can be reduced through some wise food choices and lifestyle changes.
“If you’re already bloated, cucumbers can make a great tummy-flattening snack. The high water and low fibre content of these tasty vegetables can cause increased urination, which in turn, makes you feel slimmer.”
You could also lower your chances of stomach bloating pain by eating more bananas, he added.
The potassium in banana counteracts the effect of sodium in the body. Sodium causes the body to retain water, and may lead to bloating.
Maintaining a balance between sodium and potassium is crucial for water balance, he said.
Stomach bloating is most likely to be caused after a big meal, especially around the festive period.
But it may also be caused by trapped wind, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, or by swallowing air.
You could increase your risk of swallowing air by taking with your mouth full of food, by chewing gum, or by drinking through a straw.
Speak to a doctor if your bloating symptoms don’t go away, said the NHS.
It could be caused by something more serious, including ovarian cancer.