Oh, bloating. There are many reasons that our bodies will retain excess water. Certain foods, food sensitivities, fluctuations in hormones and stress are just some of the triggers that will cause fluid retention and leave us feeling “bloated.”
A majority of people will experience bloating after overindulging in sweets, fried foods or a super salty meal. You know how uncomfortable and frustrating it can be to wake up feeling like a water balloon! So today I’m sharing my best tips to beat the bloat!
I know what you’re thinking: ‘If I’m remaining water, why would I drink more water?!’ Well, drinking water will help you flush out the excess water that your body is holding onto and will help to restore the fluid balance in your body. Start your morning off with a glass of warm water with some freshly squeezed lemon juice and keep guzzling water throughout the day. I also suggest that you avoid fizzy drinks like seltzer or soda as these can make bloating worse.
Stick to simple-to-digest foods. Since your tummy is already feeling off, stick to smoothies, soups, salads and steamed veggies to give your digestive system a rest. Avoid fried, fatty foods or foods that you know are tough on your digestive system. It may also be helpful to have smaller meals throughout the day rather than 2 or 3 larger meals.
Reduce your salt intake.
Excess salt is one of the reasons we tend to hold onto water, so if you’re feeling bloated, it’s best to avoid foods that are high in sodium and give your body a chance to release the excess water. There are plenty of ways you can flavor your food without salt, such as fresh herbs, spices and salt-free spice blends.
Add asparagus to your meal. Asparagus is a natural diuretic which helps you to release the excess water that your body is holding onto. It also contains prebiotics that support a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut. Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies and you can make it steamed, baked or sautéed with a little olive oil. Yum!
Sip on belly-soothing teas. When dealing with bloating and an upset stomach, certain herbal teas can help ease your tummy troubles. Ginger is a known to aid in digestion and help soothe your stomach. You can buy fresh ginger at your local grocery store and grate some into a teapot with boiling water and let it seep, or you can purchase a box of ginger tea. Fennel tea and Peppermint tea are also excellent for an upset stomach. You can purchase each separately, or find a digestive tea blend that combines these ingredients. I’m a fan of Yogi Stomach Ease Tea and I’ll add a squeeze of lemon & bit of honey to it.
Be kind to yourself. If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts about your body and feeling guilty if you overindulged, stop those thoughts in their tracks! Remember, you are human and it’s impossible to eat well 100% of the time! The bloat will go away, but those negative thoughts will do damage to your self-esteem. Immediately replace those un-loving thoughts with loving ones, such as, My body is a gift. I respect and appreciate my body. I am beautiful just the way I am. I love myself!
I hope these tips serve you.
Be well, friends.