We’ve all experienced bloating — that uncomfortable sensation of fullness, aching and swelling in the abdomen. Sometimes the culprit is obvious (hello, last night’s pizza!), but other times not so much. But don’t let stubborn bloating sabotage your plans, with a few wise food choices and lifestyle changes you can bid au revoir to bloat and bonjour to your little black dress.
Bloating often occurs when the kidneys sense a lack of hydration, and in turn, retain water. Aim for at least two litres of water a day and load up on foods with a high water content like celery, cucumber, and carrot sticks as they move quickly through the digestive tract, helping to keep your belly flat.
Too much bad bacteria in your gut can cause digestion issues, weight gain and bloating. Look for foods rich in probiotics like yogurt, kefir, miso soup, kimchi, kombucha (Kombucha Me $8.00 750ml), pickles, and sauerkraut or start taking a probiotic supplement.
Cayenne pepper (Masterfoods Cayenne Pepper 30g $3.50)and turmeric are both known as detoxifying spices, stimulating digestion, easing gas, and relieving pressure and cramping. Add a teaspoon of either to water, tea, juice, or a smoothie before an event for a de-bloating drink.
If you’re feeling bloated and puffy, the multi-vitamin or supplement you are taking may be the culprit. Many supplements contain additives and fillers, including lactose, wheat and sugar alcohols like mannitol or xylitol, which are notorious for causing bloating because they tend to be slower to digest, giving intestinal bacteria plenty of time to produce gas.
Salt is a vital electrolyte for bodily functions but if you’re having too much, it will cause you to retain water. But don’t panic, coconut water (Raw C $35.88 pack of 12) is packed with potassium and electrolytes, which makes it amazing for rehydration and flushing out any extra sodium in your system.