I get the temptation and desperation that comes along with having gained extra pounds in a short time, but it is never worth these “fixes” which don’t work. They are temporary at best, they slow down your metabolism, and worst of all cause you to gain even more weight than you wanted to lose in the first place! Soooo… what’s this picture all about? Nope, it’s not a “detox” nor is it a “cleanse”. Since I believe in adding versus taking away, try incorporating these ideas to feel less bloated. They aren’t magic but will help with the bloated look and feel.
A big piece on which you want to focus when it comes to bloating is digestion. Indigestion is the number one reason that you feel like no matter how healthy you eat, you’re not losing that belly.
Here are some foods that help with digestion:
Chia Seeds- You can add these into shakes or even baked goods. They add a bit of crunch and don’t give off any flavor but are a great source of fiber.
Papaya- Not a popular fruit, but it has a lot of health benefits. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Eat it with lemon, in shakes or even make bread out of it (similar to banana or zucchini bread).
Ginger, lemon, and peppermint- All three add a lot of flavor wherever they are added and have very distinct tastes. They are great to put into tea, which also helps with digestion.
Some other foods that reduce bloating and help with digestion:
- Fennel and celery
Other things to keep in mind:
Probiotics have a lot of health benefits including digestion, balancing the bacteria in your body and reducing severities of allergies and digestive disorders.
Be wary of foods with high sodium content. Processed foods often have this problem. Too much sodium causes bloating due to water retention and can lead to high blood pressure as well.
Eating too fast can cause you to swallow more air, causing bloating and gas pains. Try to eat slower as well as have smaller meals more frequently throughout the day.