Bloating is the nice way of saying that you’re full of intestinal gas and water retention. After we consume foods and drink, they break down inside the body and naturally gases and fluids are released from the foods.
After a few too many snack foods and fizzy drinks, we sometimes feel our jeans begin to get a little tighter and we start to feel quite uncomfortable. Quite bloated.
Intestinal bloating tends to be caused by gasses and feels painful and heavy in the lower abdomen area. Water retention is often mistaken for bloating, when in fact it’s when fluids move into the tissue of our bodies. Sometimes our lymphatic system is unable to drain it all away, so it collects. Most commonly affected areas are the hands, feet and ankles, but it can occur anywhere.
Some foods such as dairy products, legumes and fruit are known for causing painful bloating. Similarly, there are foods which are great for preventing and reducing that bloated feeling.
Feeling full and heavy isn’t nice off the bike – but it’s worse on the bike. Therefore, it makes sense to stay away from foods that cause bloating, and munch on those that prevent it, before you head out. Here are some suggestions…
Cucumbers are mostly water, as are our bodies. However, they contain an antioxidant called quercetin which helps reduce swelling.
Similar to popping them on your eyes to reduce puffiness, cucumbers mimic the effects in our digestive system too, so they’re great for reducing the effects of bloating.