The bloating is very uncomfortable and also we aren’t so excited what it looks either. What can be done about the ankles, tummy, fingers and more that seem to gain more than two clothing sizes overnight? But, it’s only temporary!
These 5 simple tips can help flatten your stomach starting today:
Salt is a necessary and beneficial ingredient of healthy living. You will retain water, if you are eating extra salt, and that can cause an imbalance of water and salt in the body and that is same as your ‘not-so-favorite’ five letter word: Bloat. If you are consuming processed foods such as snacks, frozen dinners, fast foods etc, you are most likely taking in extra sodium. Another indication that you are taking in too much sodium, is salting all of your food. Stored carbohydrates retain three times the water that protein does, so if you are consuming extra cereals, pasta etc, next time add more protein and reduce the amount of carbs.
When you drink water you releases stored cellular fluid, and this means a flatter tummy! The body is crying out for water, when we are mildly dehydrated, your body needs that water for every single process. Drinking water will quickly restore your flat belly. Take a min of half your body weight in ounces. If you weight 120 lbs, consume a min of 60 ounces daily.
Stop Chewing Gum
Chewing gum encourages you to swallow air, and then you are filling your stomach with air, the same as you were blowing up a balloon. And if the gum you are chewing is sugar-free gum? it’s a double whammy.
Stop the Fizz
When it comes to belly bloat, carbonation is the perfect cure. These innocent little bubbles decide to take up residence in your intestinal tract and then become trapped, building up gas. If you are suffering from a bloated belly, you must eliminate all sodas – diet too.
Skip Fake Sugar
Artificially sweetened products from diet sodas, chewing gum and candies to protein bars, contain sugar alcohols, sugar substitutes or even natural products that can create excess gas (and even severe gastrointestinal distress). One healthy exception: the sugar alcohol Xylitol (pronounced: Zi-Li-Tol that, in excess, has a slight potential of creating digestive issues). Xylitol is healthy for you as it has a minimal effect on blood sugar and none on insulin level.
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