Sophie Costa-Anchor Staff
We all have those days where were just feeling puffy and like everything we’ve eaten and drank the past few days is just sticking right to us. There is nothing worse than the feeling of being bloated; fortunately there are some helpful tips and tricks to reduce the uncomfortable feeling during the unfortunate but inevitable bloating experience.
Drink tons of water– I know it sounds strange to drink more water when you feel like you’re about to burst and you may even be hesitant about this advice. However, if you aren’t drinking a sufficient amount of water, your body will hold on to any water that is already in your body and will therefore not excrete any. This means that the water in your body will be used for everyday bodily functions and can cause you to appear and feel very bloated. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and drink throughout the day. This is also an everyday tip, not just a bloating tip.
Sweat it out- Another way to banish the bloat is to sweat it out. Even just a little cardio workout will diminish bloating instantly and make you feel brand new. Not only can exercise get rid of water retention it also acts as a preventative measure towards feeling bloated. Regular exercise will greatly improve the way you feel when it comes to being bloated.
Eat Regularly- One of the worst things you can do when you are feeling bloated is to restrict your calories. Even though you may feel a few pounds heavier and your jeans aren’t fitting like they did a few days ago, its only temporary and calorie restriction is never the answer. The best foods to eat during this time are cucumber, bananas, papaya, asparagus and peppermint tea. All of these foods reduce puffiness; contain probiotics and aid in the workings of your digestive system.
Stay away from salt- The worst foods to consume when feeling bloated are undoubtedly anything with a high salt content. It is no secret that salt is the biggest culprit when it comes to water retention. Kale, broccoli, and cabbage are cruciferous vegetables, which contain raffinose — a sugar that remains undigested until bacteria in your gut ferment it, which produces gas and, in turn, makes you bloat. However, eating these vegetables on a regular basis actually prevents bloating and leads to a stronger digestive system. It is always a good idea to eat fresh vegetables and cut out any processed foods or foods with high sodium content such as pre packaged and frozen meals.
These are just some of the tips that may help you reduce your bloating, but the best thing to do when it comes to feeling this way is to wait it out and not to anything harmful or drastic. Bloating is uncomfortable and not something we want to deal with but just keep in mind that it will eventually go away, especially if you follow these tips.