We’ve all been there. It’s uncomfortable, distracting and often prevents us from working out. According to experts, if you pay attention to what you’re eating, you can avoid the dreaded bloat. We found a list of bites that will make you feel great without depriving you of the foods you love. Stay fit all year long with these boast-busting ideas.
Regularly eating yoghurt with active cultures increases the “good” bacteria in your gut, which facilitate effective digestion and prevent bloat.
Get fit tip: Some commercial yoghurt contains added sugars to make them taste better. These additives are not only unnecessary; they can actually make you feel bloated. Look for yoghurts that contain milk, cream and active cultures. Honey is also a great substitute for artificial sweeteners.
Celery is a classic digestive aid that helps to regulate bowel movements because its chemicals are known to reduce fluid retention. Celery has a high concentration of water, which helps to body get rid of toxins. Other vegetables that help reduce bloat are cucumber, squash, parsley, and leafy greens.
Get fit tip: When it comes to eating vegetables in general, lean toward cooked rather than raw. Once cooked, the fiber in the vegetable is broken down making it much easier to digest.
Water with Lemon
People often assume they shouldn’t drink water when they feel bloated because they’re concerned it’ll aggravate their symptoms. That’s actually not the case. Drinking water will actually help flush your system. Add lemon to the mix, a natural diuretic and gentle laxative, and you will reduce the amount of salt retained in your system. Drink up!
Get fit tip: Retaining water in actually just your body’s way of holding onto the fluid so you don’t dehydrate. If you’re feeling bloated, you should be pushing more fluids.
Watermelon is the juiciest member of the melon family. It’s actually made up of over 90% water, which would explain its appeal on a hot summer day. Watermelon is a natural diuretic and can help regulate the amount of sodium (salt) you’re retaining.
Get fit tip: Try creating your own de-bloat spa water by mixing lemon, cucumber and watermelon in your water. Throw in some ice cubes and serve.
Rosemary and Turmeric
Rosemary can help treat intestinal gas and bloating. Steep it in your tea or add to your dishes for flavor. Turmeric helps to reduce inflammation in the body, which is key to aiding an upset stomach and bloating. Use turmeric to flavor your favorite vegetable dishes or make a curry from scratch.
Get fit tip: Rosemary has been use to treat everything from heartburn to headaches, toothaches and high blood pressure. It’s considered a highly effective, natural ingredient for optimal health.