Life is full of so many joys and pleasures, and yummy things to put in your tummy. But sometimes living life to its fullest, can leave your belly feeling its fullest. We all know that stuffing ourselves is guaranteed to bring on that uncomfortable swollen abdomen, but did you know that bloating can actually be caused by other things that might not be so obvious. And many of them are very easy to fix! Here are 5 things you can do to defeat that distended belly and get back to living it up.
- Drink enough water
With our busy schedules, it is so easy to forget to stay hydrated. Your body needs water for countless functions, many of which are vital to your survival. If your body isn’t getting enough water, it will prioritize things like brain and heart function over digestion. So, less water = slow digestion = swelling and gas build up. Yikes! Just stay on top of your water game by drinking 8 to 11 cups while you’re moving through your day.
- Eat enough fiber
Speaking of moving! 💩 This little guy is your friend! Okay, seriously though, constipation is no joke. If you aren’t eating enough fiber, then your gut is stagnating, creating more of that swelling and gas problem we talked about. Blech. Avoid a boggy belly by getting 20-25 grams of fiber each day.
- Don’t overdo it on the salt and carbs
Both sodium and carbohydrates bind to water molecules in our bodies, holding on to them and causing water retention. Ya know when you wake up and you’re just kinda puffy….yea that’s water retention. While it’s important to get both of these nutrients in our diets, the Standard American Diet, aka “SAD”, is excessive in the salt and carb departments. So be mindful, and try to reduce your salt and carb intake to prevent the puff.
Gut health is such a hot topic lately. But these little beneficial bacteria have been in our bellies for millennia! We need them to help break down and absorb a wide range of nutrients. Without them, we can become nutrient deficient no matter how much we eat! And without them our digestion lags. We’ve already covered what happens when food lingers in the gut. 💨😮 A great way to get probiotics in your diet is through fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt and kefir.
- Take your BLOATamin
You can literally give your GI tract a chill pill! BLOATamin contains a synergistic blend of super fruit enzymes and special herbs, which combine to create a powerful anti-bloating effect. This blend covers a lot of bases as far as addressing different causes of bloating. It reduces water retention whether it’s caused by food or hormones, like period hormones. It also relieves gas, and digestive issues like heartburn and indigestion. So even if you’re not sure what has caused that bulgy feeling, BLOATamin can help you de-bloat, despite any indulgences. 😉