Eating a balanced diet is key to keeping stomach bloat and discomfort at bay. As much as we wish they were, Bison chip dip and sponge candy aren’t included in that balance. If you find yourself feeling a little weighed down, try adding some of these foods to your diet help relieve the gas and bloat.

Keep Your Digestive Tract Well Regulated

Foods with probiotics contain “good bacteria” that play a big role in your gut health. They keep your digestive system moving and can help reduce inflammation. Yogurt is most commonly associated as a probiotic.

“The homeostasis of the gastrointestinal tract is strongly determined by what we consume as that shapes up the gut microbiome. The gut microbiome can be boosted by eating foods that are high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables and whole wheat which suppress the growth of harmful bacteria. This in turn promotes healthy bacteria which strengthens our gut immune system. In addition, it is also important to limit foods that can disrupt this balance such as artificial sweeteners, fast or fried food, alcohol and caffeine.”

Umair Masood, MD

Gastroenterology, Catholic Health

Leafy greens and foods high in fiber help prevent intestinal inflammation and promote beneficial gut bacteria in the colon. Many fruits and veggies are high in fiber, such as:

  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Oranges
  • Bananas

If you find yourself still tempted to satisfy your sweet tooth, reaching for dark chocolate is usually a better option. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can decrease your risk of certain conditions, such as cancer or heart disease. Avoid milk chocolate, which contains unhealthy fats and sugars and can make an already upset stomach worse.

Everything in Moderation

In addition to keeping your digestive tract in working order, a healthy gut also helps maintain your heart health, reduces inflammation, and promotes healthy brain function. While eating a well-balanced diet is key to staying healthy and feeling good, it’s okay to indulge in a sweet or two in moderation.

If you are suffering from stomach pain and digestive issues, our highly-trained team of gastroenterology specialists can help. Our physicians are board-certified and skilled in the latest treatments and therapies for gastric, pancreatic and liver diseases. Protect yourself from gastrointestinal conditions and disease by asking your doctor about screening options, or call (716) 706-2112 to request an appointment with our team.