30 Signs Processed Food Consumption is Bad

2. Bloating

If you feel bloated most of the time, it might be time to take a look at your diet and identify what processed foods you are eating. Once again, salt/sodium is the culprit. When we take in an excessive amount of salt, our bodies retain water. This, in turn, leads to swelling and bloating. The areas where the water tends to gather are your hands, feet, and ankles. This is because the sodium in salt pulls the water from the cells that need it, and redirects it to these other areas.

The ‘antidote’ to sodium is another electrolyte by the name of potassium. It’s found in many natural, plant-based foods such as sweet potatoes and bananas. It works to counteract sodium, so adding potassium to your diet can help to neutralize the effects of all the salt you’re taking in with processed foods. If you concentrate on eating high-potassium foods for 1 to 3 days, your symptoms of bloating and swelling should subside, and you’ll feel a lot lighter of a body. After that, cut back on processed foods to prevent these problems. Bloating of the abdomen for an extended period can sometimes be a sign of ovarian cancer, so do consult your doctor for a checkup.