We all find discomfort when our tummy feels bloated and we’re not happy about the way it looks too.
Here are 5 tips that can help us get rid of the unsightly bloated belly.
1. Lessen the Salt
While salt is a beneficial and necessary component of healthy living, salt if taken too much, will retain water and can lead to an imbalance of salt and water in the body and that is synonymous to a bloated belly.
Eating way too much processed foods such as frozen dinners, fast foods, snacks etc, you are most likely taking in excess sodium. Salting all of your food is another indication you are taking in too much sodium. Stored carbohydrates hold three times the water that protein does, so if you are eating an excess of pasta, cereals etc,, next time reduce the amount of carbs and add more protein in its place.
2. Increase Water Intake
Water releases stored cellular fluid and this means a flatter tummy! Our body sends signals when it is thirsty for water, most importantly when it feels dehydrated. Our body needs water for every single process in the human body..so it holds onto it because it does not know when it will have enough again. Drinking water will quickly restore your flat belly look if you haven’t been drinking your H20. The minimum intake must be half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 120 lbs, drink a minimum of 60 ounces daily.
3. Say “No” to Chewing Gum
You guessed it chewing gum increases the chance of you swallowing air. You are filling your belly up with air just as if you were blowing up a balloon. How about sugar-free gum? Far worse. See the below post on Artificial Sugar.
4. Drop that Cola
Carbonation is the king of belly bloats. The little bubbles in your cola takes up much of the space in your intestinal tract and then become trapped and gas builds up. You know where the gas goes out too. If it doesn’t, well you have that belly bloat to think about.
5. Evade Artificial Sweeteners
Artificially sweetened products from chewing gum, diet sodas, and candies to protein bars, contain sugar substitutes, sugar alcohols or even natural products that can create excess gas (and even severe gastrointestinal distress). One healthy exception (that, in excess, has a slight potential of creating digestive issues): the sugar alcohol Xylitol (pronounced: Zi-Li-Tol). Xylitol is healthy for you as it has a minimal effect on blood sugar and none on insulin level. One key to optimal health for everyone.