I know you are busting your gut in the gym and watching what you are eating but why does your tummy always look full? For women, we immediately blame “bloating” but this is not just a problem for us. Men and women can both suffer from uncomfortable and visible bloating, so here are some easy ways to combat it before your next trip to the lake!
First, what is bloating?
According to healthline.com abdominal bloating is anytime your GI tract is filled with air or gas. The gas builds up when food begin to break down and when we swallow air. For some, bloating is more than just a swollen abdomen. Other symptoms include frequent burping or belching, painful or hard abdomen and rumbling and gurgling noises.
So how do we fight it?
Avoid swallowing excess air. This means limit the amount of gum you chew, drinking from straws and carbonated beverages. Also, choose less “gassy” and high sodium foods. So the night before you put on your swim suit avoid cabbage, beans and lentils and excess salt.
And of course, drink water! Consuming more water will help flush your system of excess sodium and keep you hydrated. Feel free to add some lemon to your water to help you keep drinking. Lemon is a natural diuretic so drink up.
If you tend to constantly feel bloated you may also want to try out a probiotic.
Now you have the tools to stay swim suit ready!