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Feeling bloated? Puffy? Gassy? Don’t you hate when that happens? I know I do. Not only do I see it in my belly but I feel sluggish too. Makes me just want to climb into bed for a few days. So what should we do about it when it happens? This list will have you quickly feeling back to normal:
- Water. Water. Water. There is nothing better than good old H20 to help you get rid of that bloated feeling. Rule of thumb is half your body weight in ounces each day as your water drinking goal. So if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink about 100 ounces of water daily. Many times when we’re feeling bloated, it’s because we are not drinking the water our body needs to flush out the toxins and waste in our bodies. Water also helps you fight constipation.
- Get up and get moving. Exercise will help get “things” moving. Take a walk. Go to the gym. Dance in your living room. Doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do something.
- Eat breakfast and include a good source of protein along with some fruit. A great option is a smoothie.
- Cut back on processed foods especially carbs such as white breads, pasta, and potatoes. Choose complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal.
- Eat often throughout the day. Our bodies need fuel to function so strive for five to six small meals each day. Greek yogurt is a great option for mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack because it includes probiotics which helps our digestive system.
- Don’t overeat. Just as bad as not eating enough is to eat too much. Watch your portions.
- I haven’t personally tried it because I very rarely drink tea but I’ve read that sipping peppermint tea helps because it relaxes your digestive system. So take a mini-break and drink some peppermint tea.
- Cut out excess salt. Many times we just dump salt on everything we eat – often before we even taste the food. Cut back on the amount of salt you are using throughout the day.
Keeping your diet on track by eating clean and drink water will help you avoid the uncomfortable bloating feeling.
To you health,
p.s. Believe it or not, there is a scientific study called “flatology” or the study of farts. This fact is true. LOL!