Beat the Bloat

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Everyone’s familiar with that sensation of feeling overly bloated once in a while. Even if we consistently exercise, it seems like bloatedness can sneak up on us. The sensation of 
feeling puffy and bloated can be so uncomfortable, especially if you’re at an event, on a date, or just relaxing at home. So, here are a few tips for how you can beat that bloat!

1. Drink Up! Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution. Drinking enough water on a daily basis has enumerable health benefits, and reducing bloating is one of them! Excess water weight is one of the most common causes of bloating, but the solution is not cutting out water – it’s drinking more of it! When your body doesn’t get enough water, it stores what little it gets for safekeeping, so drinking enough water will allow your body to flush out that extra water weight. Ideally, you should drink half your weight in ounces in water a day (for example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should drink 70 ounces of water per day).

2. Cut Down on Carbs Some carbohydrates are really difficult for your body to break down and digest due to the shortage of absence of certain enzymes in the small intestine, so weight retention and bloating are often caused by undigested foods sitting in the large intestine. This can cause not only bloating, but also gas and discomfort. Replace carbohydrates with lean proteins and vegetables in your meals for better digestion.

3. Decrease Dairy Although dairy products can be a good source of calcium, they also contain the natural sugar lactose. Lactose intolerance is a common dietary problem, caused by the absence of enough lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose. If you notice that you’re bloating heavily after drinking milk or eating cheese, yogurt, or ice cream, try cutting back on the amount of dairy products you consume on a daily basis. You may be pleasantly surprised by the results. If you are lactose-intolerant, you can also take over-the-counter lactase supplements for the rare occasion that you do eat dairy.

4. Don’t Pass the Salt Remember in tip #1 when you read about water retention causing bloating? Another big contributor to water retention is sodium, which naturally attracts and retains water. Too much salt in your diet can cause bloatedness and puffiness, so avoid foods with too much sodium. Foods to skip out on include prepackaged meats and other processed foods, heavily salted foods such as chips or popcorn, and soy sauce and some other salad dressings. Be sure to check the nutritional labels when going to the supermarket for signs of high sodium foods.

5. Walk it Off My favorite way to beat the bloat? Take a hike! Movement can aid your digestion and help gas move more quickly through your digestive system. Take a nice stroll after dinner, or maybe a light bike ride. In addition to regular exercise, walking, biking, or even dancing after meals can help keep that bloat away.

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