Bloat is an uncomfortable symptom. Most of the time it is a feeling of fullness and gas in your belly. You may feel sluggish and, well, bloated. According to the US National Library of Medicine, abdominal bloating is a condition in which the belly (abdomen) feels full and tight. Your belly may look swollen.
There are many causes of abdominal bloat, most of which can be tamed with a few precautions. These causes include sodium overload, swallowing air, constipation, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, intolerance to dairy products or other food items, eating too fast, weight gain, overgrowth of bacteria in the small bowel, hormonal flux (especially PMS for women), giardiasis (intestinal parasites), inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s), and some medications. Abdominal bloating can also be a symptom of several serious conditions, so please see your doctor if you experience prolonged bloating. However, if your bloating is caused by an unbalance of potassium and sodium, try these quick food bloat blasters.
If bloating is being caused by sodium overdose, then bananas are your answer. The high potassium levels in bananas counter the effects of salt intake. Bananas help keep the sodium-potassium balance which is important for keeping bloating at bay.