Bloat isn’t exactly a welcome guest for a day at the beach, but it also makes you feel just downright yucky. And who wants to spend their weekend at the lake feeling like a puffy potato in need of a nap? No thanks, we’ll pass.
But first, some Bloating 101 for you: “Often caused by natural processes during digestion, bloating is typically triggered by the accumulation of fluid or production of gas in the body. However, bloating is not always caused by too much gas, but rather, how the body handles that gas.” (Thanks, Dr. Oz.)
Luckily, there are foods that come in clutch when it comes to fighting bloat!
Say no to bloat with these 6 foods that help decrease bloating:
Bloating can also be caused by high sodium levels in your bod. And how exactly does that cause bloating? The sodium retains water, puffing you and up giving you that heavy, post-salty fries-and-hamburger feeling. Enter stage right: Potassium, a mineral capable of balancing out your sodium levels. So grab a banana and tell that bloat to beat it!
Did you know avocados carry a motherload of potassium? Not only are they delicious and easy to incorporate into just about any meal, but with 975 mg in just one avocado, they also help fight bloat.
Yogurt with active cultures is full of probiotics, aka bacteria that your digestive tract is all, “yes, please” over. This bacteria takes part in your digestive processes and helps prevent bloating.
But fair warning: Avoid the flavored yogurt that is amped up on sugar. Go with low-fat plain yogurt; add in a little dash of honey and fresh fruit for some sweetness.
Melons? Really? You bet. Since melons are 90% water, they help keep you hydrated, while also acting as a natural diuretic, flushing your bloaty body of salt and excess water. So plan on bringing watermelon to your Saturday afternoon picnic!
Ginger is a popular go-to because of its anti-inflammatory properties that can help aid in digestion. How about a little bit of ginger tea before bed tonight? Or if ginger tea is a little too mainstream for you, here are 14 ways you can use ground ginger!
Tea time again, friends! Green, herbal, and chai tea all have properties that help fight bloat. For instance, peppermint tea is known to help reduce inflammation in your gut. So maybe instead of an afternoon frappuccino, a cup of tea is in order.
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[The disclaimer: We're not doctors, so this advice is not to be substituted for medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet, as some foods may affect you differently, especially if you are on medicaiton.]
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