Stomach pain and bloating: Avoid these six vegetables to relieve a bloated tummy

Stomach bloating is most often caused by eating stodgy and gassy foods which are difficult to digest.

This most obviously includes food which is high in saturated fat, such as fast food.

Gassy beverages like soft drinks and beer are also obvious culprits.

However, there are also some vegetables which could be the reason behind your painful and bloated tummy.

While it’s important to eat vegetables as part of a healthy, balanced diet, there are six vegetables you could cut down on if you experience stomach bloating.

These include: beans, onions, broccoli, cabbage, sprouts and cauliflower.

The reason these vegetables can cause bloating is because they can create more gas in the digestive tract.


This leads to excess and trapped wind, which can cause tummy aches, and leave your tummy feeling bloated and swollen.

You could cut down on these vegetables if you suffer from stomach bloating, but make sure you still get your five-a-day, the NHS warns.

You can do this by eating other non-gassy vegetables and fruit, ensuring to include them at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

While eating, try eating slowly with your mouth closed, in order to avoid gulping down air with your food.

Also avoid rushing meals or eating on the go.

Eat at regular intervals to help your digestive system get into a routine, as this allows digestion to flow more smoothly.

The NHS advises eating smaller meals, more often.

In addition, make sure you relax when eating, as tension can affect digestion.

When it comes to drinks, warm water can help prevent trapped wind, as can herbal teas, such as peppermint, chamomile, ginger and dandelion.

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Other tips to soothe bloating include exercising and going for walks.

Walking uses gravity to move the gas out of your body, while exercise in general improves how your body digests food.

Massaging your lower abdomen can also help to get the wind moving, so it doesn’t remain trapped.

“Most of us have experienced the feeling of being bloated, when your tummy is stretched, puffy and uncomfortable,” said the NHS.

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