Quick ways to shed belly bloat

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 | In How To | Tags: ,

Quick ways to shed belly bloat
~ Quick ways to shed belly bloat ~

If you need to trim belly bloat in just a few days, here is a healthy plan to making it happen fast. A few quick tips to reduce water retention, relieve gas, and eliminate heavy solids to have you feeling better and lighter.

What to avoid: Salt, salt-based seasonings and highly-processed foods.
Swap it: Flavor your meals with salt-free seasoning blends or fresh or dry herbs.
The rationale: When you consume a lot of salt, you will temporarily retain more fluid, contributing to a sluggish feeling, a puffy appearance and extra water weight.

What to avoid: Alcohol, coffee, tea, hot cocoa and acidic fruit juices.
Swap it: Plaint tap water.
The rationale: Coffee and acidic drinks can irritate your gastrointestinal tract, causing swelling.

What to avoid: Black pepper, nutmeg, cloves, chili powder, hot sauces, onions, garlic, mustard, barbecue sauce, horseradish, ketchup, tomato sauce and vinegar.
Swap it: Give dishes a flavor boost with fresh or dried herbs like dill, basil, mint, sage, tarragon and rosemary.
The rationale: Spicy foods can stimulate the release of stomach acid, which can cause irritation.

What to avoid: Chewing gum.
Swap it: If you want something crunchy, reach for some nuts, like roasted or raw unsalted sunflower seeds. If you want a minty taste, brush your teeth instead.
The rationale: By chewing gum, you are also swallowing air, which get trapped in your gastrointestinal tract and causes pressure and bloating.

What to avoid: Legumes, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, peppers and citrus fruits.
Swap it: Cook up green beans, mushrooms and squash.
The rationale: It boils down to the fact that certain foods simply create more gas in your gastrointestinal tract.

What to avoid: High-carb foods, such as bagels, pasta, pretzels and cereals.
Swap it: Use one slice of whole grain bread for your sandwich at lunch and add extra protein, such as turkey slices. Swap your afternoon pretzels for nuts or seeds. At dinner, stick to brown rice if you need a starch.
The rationale: “Your muscles store a type of carbohydrate called glycogen,” writes Prevention. “Every gram of glycogen is stored with about three grams of water.” Unless you are running a marathon or triathlon soon, you will not likely need to be stockpiling carbs.
Cut your carbs and you will temporarily train your body to access this stored fuel and burn it off, while also draining off excess stored fluids, according to Prevention.

Information via AFP-Relaxnews.


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