I FEEL EX­TREMELY BLOATED ALL DAY

Friday - - Beauty -

Q I am a veg­e­tar­ian but feel ex­tremely bloated all through the day. What could be the rea­son? A Be­ing a veg­e­tar­ian does not mean the chances of be­ing bloated are less. The rea­son is that a lot of veg­e­tar­i­ans tend to load up on beans and legumes be­cause they want to in­crease the amount of pro­tein in their diet.

Legumes and beans con­tain a type of car­bo­hy­drate called galacto-oligosac­cha­rides. It is a sol­u­ble fi­bre found in legumes, as­para­gus and broc­coli that can cause un­pleas­ant di­ges­tive prob­lems for some people, es­pe­cially those who al­ready have a sen­si­tive gut, with ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome or sim­i­lar di­ges­tive prob­lems.

They also con­tain lectins – a pro­tein found in al­most all kinds of foods. What is in­ter­est­ing is that not all lectins are an is­sue and can cause prob­lems with your di­ges­tive tract. Your gut and me­tab­o­lism is unique so you will re­spond very dif­fer­ently to lectins com­pared to some­one else. One easy way of man­ag­ing lectins in legumes is by over­cook­ing the legumes. This tends to work better for those who have a sen­si­tive gut.

Other foods that have toxic lectins are grains and dairy. Sneaky forms of legumes like soy and peanuts could also be con­tribut­ing to this. Even ex­ces­sive con­sump­tion of nuts may lead to that bloated feel­ing.

If your con­di­tion is very bad and you feel un­com­fort­able, you must con­sider an elim­i­na­tion process and a gut cleanse for two weeks. Ig­nor­ing your gut health and think­ing that gas and bloat­ing is nor­mal can lead to a host of other is­sues.

You need to start mak­ing con­nec­tions with what you eat and how your body feels. The fact that your gut health is not okay is a clear sign that your body needs a check up and cleans­ing. Heed the warn­ing and start to eat foods that suit your body’s con­sti­tu­tion.

You need to con­sult a doc­tor or a nu­tri­tion­ist who can sug­gest a meal plan that suits your con­sti­tu­tion.

RASHI CHOWDHARY is a nu­tri­tion­ist, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and cre­ator of The Pro­tein Bake Shop

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