28 October 2016Last updated

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Ask the expert: I’m suffering from bloating

It appears your gut is sensitive to several foods, which you are unaware of

14 Feb 2016 | 10:25 am

I’m a 27-year-old woman, 153cm tall and weigh 68kg. I’ve been working out and eating fruits and salads to lose weight. But my stomach is bloated. Why?

It appears your gut is sensitive to several foods, which you are unaware of.

Fruits, raw veggies, yogurt, whole wheat, refined sugar and peanuts often make matters worse for those with a sensitive gut, while bananas, papaya and kiwi are fine. If you constantly eat food that inflames your gut, digestive issues will prevail. This can lead to a sense of bloating and burning fat can become more challenging.

You can include probiotic pills to your diet. They help increase the amount of healthy bacteria in your system, protect your gut and improve overall health. They also help control sugar cravings, and improve your appetite as well as your mood in general.

One mistake many people make is to have flavoured yogurt, which is advertised as probiotic. This could worsen your condition because it is loaded with sugar.

You can also supplement your diet with omega-3 fatty acid (1,000mg). It acts as an anti-inflammatory supplement.

To lose weight, increase the amount of protein you eat from sources such as nuts, seeds, whole eggs and fish. You should also eat carbohydrates when you are most active – usually during the day – and skip them when you are not so active such as late evenings.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.