Bloating: that uncomfortable pants-are-too-tight feeling many people experience after overeating at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. For some, however, this discomfort occurs on a daily basis.
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The most common causes of bloating include excessive food consumption, eating foods that are rich in fat, or a build up of gas in the abdomen that happens as a result of chewing gum or drinking carbonated beverages—leading to pain and swelling in the abdomen. Thankfully, these 15 foods contain natural properties that can provide the digestive system with relief.
More than just a pretty fruit, kiwi is high in fiber, which helps to relieve bloating by moving the irritant through the digestive system faster. Kiwi also contains an enzyme called actinidin, which has been found to aid in the digestion of red meat and dairy products—foods that commonly contribute to bloating.
Kiwi may be particularly beneficial for people that suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as a recent study conducted in Pacific Asia has found that those who ate two kiwi a day for four consecutive weeks experienced fewer symptoms.