Banana (potassium): Bloating is not always gas-related. High sodium intake could be the culprit. Hiding in most of today’s processed foods and restaurant items, sodium attracts and retains water in the body. Potassium, on the other hand, can help counter sodium’s role. Maintaining your overall potassium-sodium level is essential for water balance. If your bloat is a result of yesterday’s salty dinner, try adding sliced banana to your morning oatmeal for some balance.
Yogurt (probiotics): The basics of beating the bloat with yogurt is first to make sure you’re choosing a yogurt that has active cultures. Regularly consuming yogurt with active lifestyles increases lactobacillus and bifidobacterium—the “good” bacteria—in the digestive tract, which facilitate efficient digestion and prevention of belly bloat. The best source is plain, non-fat or low-fat yogurt. If you need a bit of sweetness, mix in fresh fruit at home rather than grabbing flavored yogurts.