Swimsuit season is upon us and you know what that means: beach days and pool parties every weekend. In order to feel our best in our newest bikini or swim trunks, we all do whatever it takes to be fit, look great, and eat right. However, the most important factor to consider this summer is to avoid eating foods that cause bloating.
Bloating happens due to an excess gas build-up in your stomach, kind of like how air fills up a balloon. Its a result of consuming high-sodium foods, sugary desserts, soda, beans, wheat, and unfortunately, alcohol.
In order to beat the belly bloat and burn some fat, make sure to buy these delicious items during your next grocery run.
Rise and shine with a cup of oatmeal in the morning! Oatmeal is known to be extremely high in fiber, thus encouraging your digestion system to function happily. Besides bloating, oatmeal is fantastic for aiding constipation and regulating bowel movements. For extra deliciousness and preventative bloat measures, throw in some fruit with your oatmeal!
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
It’s no lie that Apple Cider Vinegar is a magic tonic. It eases food poisoning symptoms, nurtures good stomach bacteria, and is fantastic to put in tea when youre sick. In terms of fighting the belly bloat, drink a tablespoon of ACV before you eat a meal.
3. Green and Peppermint Tea
Because they’re rich in antioxidants and relaxation properties, green and peppermint tea reduce the amount of discomfort your stomach may have after overeating large meal. Peppermint is known to relax the muscles in the stomach, thus enabling you to pass more gas. Green tea, on the other hand, boosts your metabolism and promotes a healthier digestive system.
4. Probiotic Greek Yogurt
Probiotics are good bacterias best friend. They fight the bad bacteria in your stomach that can cause backup in a digestive track and uncomfortable bowel movements or a lack thereof. Even if youre sensitive to dairy, probiotic Greek yogurt wont harm you or make you feel sick.
Homemade guac, anyone? Since avocados are full of healthy fats, you can bet that they burn off any extra fat and tame bloating. Additionally, since avocados are high in potassium, they reduce water retention to keep your stomach flat and abs shining through.
If you love Korean food or something with a spicy kick, kimchi is a delicious and fermented accompaniment to your next savoury (but healthy!) meal. Like yogurt, its full of probiotics to boost the digestive tracts ability to process food and absorb nutrients.
7. Dark Chocolate
You are free to indulge in a square of dark chocolate to reduce bloat, believe or not. But anything above amount that may cause some problems! Make sure that the chocolate contains a least 70% cacao. Besides working wonders for your digestion, dark chocolate can also lower cholesterol and high blood pressure and even reduces internal inflammation!
Need a little crunch in your mid-day snacks? Almonds are a yummy source of protein and carbs that keeps you slim and energized. Theyre easier on the digestive process in comparison to its other nut counterparts, such as pistachios, so your stomach wont feel upset after eating them! Another alternative to getting some almonds in your diet is by drinking unsweetened almond milk.
Ah, the benefits of the sea. Seaweed has been found to contain fucoidan, an anti-inflammatory compound known in the medical world to ease the discomfort of allergy symptoms, strengthen the immune system, and even treat open wounds and infections. Studies had shown that it can even help prevent cancerous cells from multiplying. It ultimately helps keep the harmful bacteria at bay.
10. Olive Oil
Omega-3 fatty acids are a blessing to a bloated belly. Besides being another healthy fat, like avocado, olive oil also improves cardiovascular health. Its a quick fat-burner that can get you beach and pool ready in no time.
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