Feeling a little bloated and uncomfortable in the afternoon or evening? There are a few simple fixes and eating and drinking dos and don’ts that you can follow to ensure that you’re feeling your best, bloat-free self all summer long.
Last Call for Alcohol
They don’t call it “beer belly” for no reason. Alcohol, as you may have heard, can put significant strain on your liver. It’s especially difficult for your body to digest, which can cause bloating as your body tries to break it down. To reduce your bloating, don’t overdo it on rosé at lunch.
Increase Your Water Intake
Drinking water regularly throughout the day and consuming foods that are high in water content will help keep your digestive tract moving. Commit to drinking eight glasses of water (or hint water!) per day, and double down on water-dense fruits and vegetables. Asparagus, celery, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, jicama, beets, and carrots are all great produce items to add to your farmers market basket.
Avoid Salty Foods
Salt causes your body to retain water rather than release it, so avoid foods that are overly salty. If you’re feeling especially bloated, make an effort to keep those fingers away from the salt shaker, too.
Say No to Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are a no-no for countless reasons, and if you’re experiencing afternoon bloat, they should definitely be avoided. Since they’re unnatural, they’re harder for the body to digest. This effectively slows down the digestion process, which causes bloat.
Load Up on Anti-Bloating Foods
Probiotics, fiber, and diuretics are all great ingredients to add to your diet to aid in digestion. Ginger is the best digestive aid; According to Vincent Pedre, M.D., author of Happy Gut, “it reduces inflammation and promotes intestinal motility.” Try a ginger tea or kombucha as a digestive after your meals. Other doctor-recommended foods for elimination of bloat include: galangal broth, mukhwas (a combination of fennel, anise, sesame seeds), raw almonds, activated charcoal, and magnesium-rich foods.
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