The best way to reduce this bloating is by combining your foods in a way that allows for easy digestion. Different kinds of foods activate different kinds of enzymes in the stomach. While some enzymes are working, others back off, and vice versa. At the same time, some foods digest very easily and quickly while others take quite a bit of time to break down. For example, fruit can enter and exit your digestive tract within 30 minutes, so it’s best to either eat this alone or on an empty stomach (or both!). Raw greens are next and digest fairly quickly as well. Next in line for digestion time are non-starchy veggies, then starchy vegetables, and then lastly proteins and fats. The idea behind “food combining”–as it’s called–is to order your food intake in a way that allows easy digestion. Otherwise, food can get backed up and your intestines can get confused. When this happens you definitely notice. It is that uncomfortable gassy and bloated feeling that many of us experience after every meal.
I’ve made a quick cheat-sheet (soon for purchase!) to help you see how foods combine, and how to avoid bad combinations.