There is nothing worse (ok, a little drama here, but not many things) than feeling bloated.
Whether you’re headed to Turks & Caicos, your 10 year reunion is 3 days away, or you’re simply at home watching Netflix, it doesn’t matter, bloat is something we want to avoid.
Forget about how bloat looks on us, what’s worse is, how it makes us feel. And, I want you all to feel great.
Why You’re Feeling Bloated
So, what is bloat, exactly?
A little nutrition 101 for you. Bloat is a buildup of gas in the abdomen, usually caused by digestion or swallowed air. Feeling bloated can result from an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.
This bacteria ferments food, creating gas that causes bloating. In other words, you feel like you’ve been blown up like a balloon.
Similar to bloating is water retention.
You know the feeling. You can’t get your rings on or your eyes look like you’ve been in a brawl. This lovely (not!) feeling is usually caused by consuming foods high in salt (beware of processed foods!).
High levels of sodium cause your body to hold onto extra fluid and result in that four months prego look.
Not only can bloating and water retention be uncomfortable and less than attractive, it can be downright painful.
If you plan on debuting your new bikini but feel puffier than the Michelin Man, I’m here to help. I’ve got some foods for you to help you rid yourself of one of or both of these troublesome problems and stop feeling bloated.
Celery and Fennel:
These crunchy veggies act as diuretics, helping you to flush out the excess water you’re retaining. Toss celery in your salad for extra crunch or snack on some with spicy salsa, roast fennel as change from broccoli or make it the star of your next crudite.
This long and lean veggie has certain compounds that act like probiotics (healthy bacteria), which aid digestion. Add some lemon juice and fire up the bbq to grill these tasty veggies for an easy and slimming side dish. Another fave is to simply blanch ’em and use a between meal filler instead of carrot sticks.
This anti-inflammatory food also has anti-spasmodic qualities. Studies show that it has de-bloating properties too. Try grating into your favorite marinade, topping a simple piece of grilled fish to add a little zing or add to your lemon water.
Tea (peppermint, ginger, chamomile):
These teas can help food to pass through the stomach and relieve gas. Sip on your choice of iced or hot tea with a slice or two of lemon or ginger. And, make it daily ritual.
Regardless of choosing whole-fat or low-fat yogurt, yogurt gives you a dose of beneficial bacteria, which helps keep your digestion efficient. If you still you don’t like the idea of plain yogurt get creative and add canned pumpkin, natural peanut butter or shredded coconut.
This sweet treat has an enzyme called papain, which aids digestion and the breakdown of protein. Thinly slice this fruit and couple it with a thinly sliced piece of grilled chicken for a mini meal or cut into cubes and top with shredded coconut for a sweet treat.
Not just for pina coladas, this tropical fruit contains bromelain, a digestion promoting enzyme. Toss some freshly sliced pineapple rings on a hot grill to dress up a chicken breast or as a delish and healthy dessert.