Bloating does not just make you feel ill at ease but also makes you look puffy. Getting back to having a flat tummy might seem like a humongous task, but it can be quite easy. For a start, try these 5 simple tips every day to avoid bloating and get a healthy flat tummy.
We all know how uncomfortable bloating feels and nobody can be excited about the way it makes us look either. So what to do with the tummy, fingers, ankles, and more that seem to go for two or more clothing sizes overnight?
Well, the good news is that it’s temporary! There are some simple steps you can take starting from today to flatten that extra fat and get fit.
1. Use Less Salt
Salt is a beneficial and necessary component of healthy living. However, if you eat excess of salt, you will retain water; this can lead to an imbalance of salt and water in the body that is synonymous with your not-so-favorite word: bloat!
Salting all of your food is a good indication that you are taking too much sodium. If you eat processed foods such as frozen dinners, fast foods, snacks, etc., you most likely taking excess sodium as well.
Stored carbohydrates hold three times the water that protein does. So if you are used to eating excess of pasta, cereals, etc., reduce the amount of carbs and add more protein in its place going forward.
2. Drink Water
Drinking water releases stored cellular fluid, and this means a flatter tummy! When we are mildly dehydrated, the body demands for water. Your body needs that water for every single process and hence holds onto it, not knowing when we might drink water again.
Drinking water will quickly restore your flat belly look if you haven’t been drinking your enough of it lately. Drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 120 lbs, drink a minimum of 60 ounces daily.
3. Stop Chewing Gum
Chewing gum encourages you to swallow air and then what do you think happens? You guessed it. You fill your tummy up with air just as if you were blowing up a balloon. And you are chewing sugar-free gum, it’s a double whammy. Read on about the influences of fake sugar.
4. Stop The Fizz
When it comes to belly bloat, carbonation is the king. These innocent little bubbles decide to take up residence in your intestinal tract and then become trapped, leading to gas build-up. If belly bloat is an issue, your best (and super healthy) move is to eliminate all sodas – diet too.
5. Skip Fake Sugar
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 severe gastrointestinal distress).
A healthy exception (that, in excess, has a slight potential of creating digestive issues) is 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 your insulin levels. And this is a key to optimal health for everyone.
These simple tips will help you deflate that bloated belly starting today.