Beat the bloat with these three items

We’ve all experienced it. That uncomfortable swelling sensation in our body. Bloating. Ugh. It is the worst.

So, why does it happen and how can we beat it? Well, bloating typically means there is a breakdown in the digestion process. It is usually triggered by the creation of gas in the body or the accrual of too much fluid. Luckily, there are things you can eat to beat the bloat.

  • Natural diuretic. If you’re bloated, grab one of nature’s diuretic. These foods, which are usually high in water content and low in fiber, include cucumber, fennel, celery, watermelon, asparagus, and cantaloupe. They work because they flush out excess water and salt from your body, which will help get your stomach back to normal pretty quickly.
  • Potassium. Potassium is key to deflating your belly after you eat a lot of salt. As you probably know, there is a lot of salt in processed foods and restaurant fare. When you consume high levels of sodium, your body retains water – which is one of the main reasons people bloat. Potassium offsets water retention by neutralizing fluid levels in your body. Grab a banana or leafy greens in the morning if you’re still puffed up from the night before.
  • Probiotics. An imbalance of bacteria in your intestines can cause bloating. Fortunately, probiotics can help restore bacterial balance by adding more good bacteria into your system. This isn’t quick fix but it can help alleviate bloating if it’s a regular part of your life. Just be sure your probiotic has the strain bifidobacterium as it’s been consistently proven to relieve GI symptoms. Many yogurts and kefir met this requirement.

If you regularly consume these items, you’ll minimize your chance of puffing up year around. So, keep them in the mix January to December to keep the bloat at bay!