Being bloated is never fun. It’s uncomfortable and makes you feel self-conscious. How do you get rid of the beach ball in your belly? Here are a dozen diet hacks that should do the trick ways. Bonus: They’re all make you healthier!
Hack #1: Drink Water with Lemon
We all know that drinking water is good for us, but many of us still don’t manage to drink enough. Restricting water can lead to water retention, which promotes bloating. Water is also good for detoxifying our bodies, and by adding lemon to water, the combination promotes even better detoxification. Lemon is a mild diuretic, mimicking our digestive juices. This then triggers your liver to create bile to promote better digestion.
Hack #2: Avoid Alcohol
We know: buzzkill. Alcohol dehydrates you and leads to water retention. Worse, it creates an unfavorable metabolic environment that temporarily inhibits fat burning and makes losing weight more difficult.
Adding foods with probiotics sends beneficial bacteria right to our guts. Yogurt with live culture helps aid in digestion and flattens the stomach. For instance, try eating Greek yogurt with fresh berries and honey.
Hack #4: Try a Teatox (Tea Detox)
Herbal teas are known to fight digestive stress. Our 14-Day or 28-Day Organic Teatox has natural ingredients formulated to ease bloating. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it also promotes weight loss. Just 2 cups of the Teatox a day stimulates fat burn, helps weight loss, removes toxins, aids in digestive distress, and boosts your energy and immune system.
Hack #5: Move Your Body
Researchers have found that exercise buffs up your digestive system too. Moderate exercise five times a week alters your gut microflora and improves your digestive system.
Hack #6: Make a Date with Ginger
Ginger is a powerful spice with many health benefits. Among them: It tames belly bloat by stimulating bile and gastric juices, which improves digestion.
Hack #7: Eat Oats
Oats are high in fiber, which relieves bloating and constipation by bulking up the stool and keeps things moving. Other high-fiber foods to add to your diet: legumes (lentils, split peas, black beans), artichokes, and almonds.
Hack #8: Eat Potassium-Rich Foods
Do you remember learning about potassium in biology class? It helps keep sodium ions out of your cells. Salt draws in water, causing water retention, whereas potassium pushes out the water molecules.
Hack #9: Avoid Salty Foods
Consuming a lot of salt causes water retention and makes you bloated. If you crave salt, eat nutrient-dense foods like olives, kale chips, air-popped popcorn, hummus, whole grain rice cakes, and pickles. A little salt from healthy whole foods won’t hurt, but avoid potato chips and anything deep-fried.
Hack #10: Slice Open a Pineapple
The enzyme in pineapple called bromelain helps break down protein, relieving bloating. Researchers believe bromelain helps with digestion, and health practitioners who recommend pineapple to their patients have seen improvements in patients’ digestive disorders.
Hack #11: Chew a Little Longer
Saliva has digestive enzymes that break down your food while you chew. By eating slower, you promote better digestion and avoid bloating. When you eat quickly, you tend to gulp down a lot of air, which leads to that beach ball in the belly feeling.
Hack #12: Enjoy Dark Chocolate
Cocoa contains polyphenols that are beneficial for the gut. Researchers have found that beneficial bacteria residing at the end of the digestive tract ferments the antioxidants and fiber in cocoa. High-quality dark chocolate has higher levels of polyphenols.