You Aren’t Fat, Your Stomach Is Just Bloated–8 Ways To Get Rid Of That Bloated Belly
There’s nothing worse than having a nice dress you’d like to wear, but not being able to zip it up because you’re too bloated. Reasons for bloating can include:
- Eating fatty foods
And though sometimes the culprit is obvious–remember eating burritos, french fries, burgers, and ice-cream?–other causes are not as apparent.
So here’s a list of things you can avoid doing–or start doing–to avoid getting bloated throughout the day.
1. Eat more potassium: Consuming a lot of salt is bad for you. However, if you eat just as much potassium-rich foods (think asparagus, citrus fruits, melons, tomatoes, bananas) it counters some of the side effects of salt.
2. Drink 8 glasses of liquid every day: Water helps flush waste out of your system and it keeps your digestive system going. Coffee is also good–as long as it’s black, as it has the added bonus of contracting your colon, helping you to go.
3. Drink peppermint tea: According to Health magazine, tea helps to alleviates gas by relaxing the digestive tract and boosting normal peristalsis.
4. Don’t eat too fast: Eating quickly can cause air swallowing–which leads to bloating. Keep in mind that digestion starts in the mouth, and chewing your food more can go a long way in this department.
5. Stop drinking carbonated drinks: The gas in these drinks, even diet ones, trap gas in your belly. Replace them with flavored water using a lemon, lime, or cucumber.
6. Stop chewing gum: This leads to swallowing air, which can cause bloating. If you have the need to be chewing something, try sucking on a piece of hard candy or eat lower-fat popcorn.
7. Get in the habit of reading food labels: when buying processed, canned or frozen foods, make sure there’s no more than 500 mg of sodium per serving. Eating a lot of sodium is a good recipe to get bloated.
8. Stop it before it starts: Cutting excess salt can go a long way when it comes to bloating. Drinking three liters of water a day also helps when avoiding excess salt to prevent water retension.
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