How to de-bloat in a day

Bikini season officially kicks off this weekend. Here’s how to de-bloat in a day and ensure your tummy is flat. Belly bloating can be caused by a variety of reasons including: food allergies/sensitivities, too much salt, carbonated beverages, imbalanced gut flora, and eating too fast. No matter what the cause, though, one thing is for sure. You probably want to know how to de-bloat in a day. There are a variety of simple solutions to flatten your stomach. 

Cut out Salt: Sodium attracts and retains water in the body. So, sometimes when you feel or look bloated, it’s not gas, but rather excess water. Cut out salty foods for the day.  

Drink More Water: It may seem counterintuitive, but when you’re bloated it’s best to consume more water as higher water consumption leads to more frequent urination, which helps remove excess salt from your body. 

Eat Avocado/Bananas/or Potassium Rich Foods: If you’re bloating/puffiness is due to too much salt consumption, consume something that is potassium rich, like avocado, banana, or asparagus. The potassium helps regulate the fluid balance in the body, helping to counteract the excessive salt consumption 

Sip Peppermint or Ginger Tea: If your bloating is due to gas, try sipping on peppermint or ginger tea. Both help relax the digestive tract and sooth inflammation, helping to flatten your tummy. While you can find both of these in tea bags, it’s better to pour hot water either over fresh peppermint leaves or slices of ginger. 

Chew on Fennel Seeds: Fennel seeds relax GI spasms, which allows gas to pass and relieve bloating. You can also pour hot water over them to make a fennel seed tea. 

How to de-bloat in a day

Here, is a day of flat-belly meals and snacks made from ingredients that you can easily find in your local food store.

Breakfast: 
2 hard-boiled eggs and 1 cup of berries 

Morning Snack:
1/3 cup raw, unsalted nuts and 1 clementine

Lunch:
2 cups salad greens with 1/2 diced cucumber, 10 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 1/2 an avocado, 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 tbsp. sunflower seeds, and a squeeze of lemon and vinegar

Afternoon snack:
2% greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon

Dinner:
5 oz. grilled salmon, spinach sauteed in 1 tsp. olive oil and garlic, and roasted fennel and root vegetables

 

Source: Maria Marlowe