Here Are My Simple Ways of Beating the Belly Bloat
Either your jeans shrank or your belly grew, and chances are it’s the latter. You’re exercising and eating right, so what’s up with the bloating? Sometimes the culprit is obvious (you forgot you ate a whole large pizza by yourself), but other times your healthy habits are the cause. Read on for surprising reasons your belly can balloon.
It’s important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, especially when you exercise. Also, steadily sipping water throughout the day encourages healthy digestion by keeping food moving through your system.
When people retain fluid, they tend to skimp on water because they think it will make their bloating worse. Since water retention is the body’s way of holding onto fluid so it doesn’t dehydrate, the opposite is true. Drinking lots of water signals the body that it no longer needs to hold onto every last drop to stay hydrated.
Fibre Filled Foods
Many women make drastic changes to their diet when it’s bikini season. If you’re used to lower-fibre meals and you suddenly start eating a lot of fruit, salads, and cereals, you’re going to be significantly bloated. That’s because you don’t have the right bacteria in your gut to help digest the increased amount of fibre.
We all have trillions of bacteria in our intestines, which help us process the food that our stomach and intestines have a hard time breaking down. When undigested food reaches your colon, bacteria feed on it and produce gas. Without the right kind, fibrous foods, which are typically slower to digest, linger in the gut even longer, giving bacteria plenty of time to munch away and create gas.
Take Your Time Eating
When you finally get home after a long day, you’re totally famished — we get it. But that doesn’t mean you should chow down your dinner in a hurry. Eating too quickly causes you to swallow excess air, which can lead to uncomfortable gas and bloating. Slowing down and chewing with your mouth closed, on the other hand, can have the opposite effect. Fight off the urge to down your entire meal in one giant bite.
Take Time to Relax
The kids won’t stop screaming and your new boss is a total nightmare. Saying that you’re stressed out would be the understatement of the year—and it may also be the reason you’re experiencing digestive issues and bloat. To get back to your more non bloated self, make time to unwind three or four times a week (even if it’s just for 20 minutes) before bed.
– Aaron McC
Evolve Health & Performance