Do tummy troubles stop you from doing the things you love? Here’re five simple tips to keep occasional bloat under control.
There’s an aspect to warm weather that some people dread: swimsuit. Three out of four women (77 per cent) have felt self-conscious while wearing a swimsuit due to body issues, according to a recent survey, and their midsection is a big reason. Belly bloat is the No. 1 reason they feel self-conscious. To battle the bloat and feel your best at the pool, beach and beyond, follow these five simple tips.
First, prime your body with a herbal cleanse. This easy three-day cleanse works with the body’s natural metabolism to help eliminate waste and toxins, and relieves occasional bloating and constipation. You’ll detoxify, reduce water retention and immediately feel more energised.
2. Eat smart
Avoid highly processed foods to maintain a tame tummy. These foods are typically high in sodium and low in fibre, which contributes to that bloated feeling. Some vegetables should be avoided as well. Beyond beans, avoid broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, which can cause a gassy feeling.
Staying hydrated is essential on hot days, but don’t reach for carbonated drinks. The bubbles can get trapped in your belly and contribute to bloating. Instead, go for good old H2O. If you need a little flavour, add a few wedges of fresh orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit for a healthy twist that’s sure to quench your thirst.
4. Maintain gut health
A properly functioning gut contains a delicate balance of bacteria to help with digestive and immune health. Without this balance, you can feel bloated and unwell. Keep your gut in check with a daily probiotic supplement. Just one daily pill can help replenish the balance to help you keep bloat under control.
If you’re bloated, you may be more tempted to curl up on the couch rather than get active. However, exercise stimulates the bowels and helps keep your digestive tract regular. Strive to move and groove at least 15 minutes a day. Take a short walk, turn on that workout video and sign up for that yoga class — not only will you kick bloat to the curb, but you’ll look and feel great.