Having a bloated tummy is arguably one of the most uncomfortable feelings of all time. You know you’re going to have a bad day when you wake up with a sore midsection the size of Mars or worse, a puffy face and swollen fingers. Let’s face it, a bloated bod is not a good look (or feeling) for anyone.
Not to worry, though. You can prevent bloating in most cases or get rid of it when it does happen to you.
Usually, we get bloated after binging on salty, greasy, unhealthy foods like french fries or onion rings (my personal fave). Or, it can happen if you’re dehydrated or working out super hard because your body is trying to retain water for safekeeping. Our bodies are pretty amazing like that! While it’s super nice of our bodies to hoard water to keep us hydrated, it doesn’t always make for the best look in a bikini.
So if you just HAD to have that cheeseburger or you haven’t had time to chug water, ( you should always, always make time for water. No excuses!) have no fear because there are lots of natural (and delicious!) cures you can get at your local grocery store.
Keep in mind I am NOT a doctor and there are tons of possible causes for your bloating. Always check with your doctor if you’re worried about your health. That said, the remedies below have worked for me in the past and hopefully will work for you, too!
Not only does ginger help soothe an upset tum, but it’s also been said that it can aid in debloating it. I like putting ginger in my green smoothies or sipping on warm ginger tea for a little extra flavour.
2. Water with Lemon
I swear by warm water with lemon. You can drink it all day for a great way to flush out toxins and yucky things from your bod, but it’s especially helpful in the morning to get your system up and at ’em for the day.
Because of its high water content, celery is great for debloating your stomach. This goes for other watery snacks like watermelon (water, watermelon, makes sense, right?) and cucumbers. While celery might not have the most exciting taste or texture, there are great ways to dress it up like with almond butter and raisins (ants on a log, anyone?).
Whenever I have yogurt for breakfast a few days in a row, I always notice that my stomach is a little bit flatter. It’s because yogurt has cultures in it that promote healthy bacteria in your digestive tract, helping everything move along smoothly. Although I should really stick to plain Greek yogurt, my favourite flavour is coconut – it’s great with blueberries, granola and a little honey!
5. Anything Rich in Fibre
Fibre-rich foods are a must in your diet. They help move everything along and reduce constipation, which can lead to bloating. Foods like nuts, seeds and beans are considered high-fibre. A handful of almonds is all you need for a satisfying snack full of it!
6. Peppermint Tea
I love a good cup of calming peppermint tea after dinner. It’s so nice to curl up with a good book or TV show and some tea. Plus, it might even help you debloat! Studies show peppermint can reduce inflammation in your stomach and relax your muscles. Personally, my tum always feels a little calmer and flatter after a cup of yummy peppermint tea.
Apparently, there’s an enzyme in the lovely, tropical fruit that can really help out your digestive system. Plus, papaya literally tastes like candy and has such a bright, vibrant colour! What’s not to love?
Asparagus makes for a gorgeous green (and tasty!) addition to your plate. It’s really just a bonus that it can help reduce bloating. Like yogurt, asparagus promotes good bacteria in your bod to move everything along.
Not only can these snacks help you debloat and deflate, but they’re also super yummy and come with tons of other amazing health benefits. Remember to keep your water bottle filled up throughout the day and make a habit of exercising to make sure your digestive system is in tip-top shape.
Partly as an experiment and partly to get in shape for summer, I’m planning on trying out a debloating tea or “teatox,” so keep an eye out for a post on my experiences with it!
Do you have any tips for debloating or helping along your digestive system? Let me know in the comments below!