Belly Bloat is the WORST! There is nothing more uncomfortable than not feeling good in your body. Use these exercise videos to beat Belly Bloat and help your stomach deflate.
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Belly Bloat is the WORST. There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable in your body.
No one likes feeling bloated: it causes physical discomfort and hurts your ability to live life to its fullest. When I say “Belly Bloat”, I’m not talking about a few extra pounds of stomach fat, I’m referring to the temporary abdominal distention that plagues most everyone from time to time. The good news? Stomach bloating is something you can avoid with a few simple habits to keep your belly healthy.
Here are a few suggestions to help gut health, digestion, and prevent Belly Bloating from cramping your lifestyle.
Stop Stomach Bloating. Beat the Bloat and Keep Your Abs Feeling Tight with these health tips:
- Be Mindful with Fiber. Too little fiber can lead to constipation, which can result in bloating. Avoid tummy trouble by eating a diet high in fiber (25 grams per day for women and 38 for men) from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. But be careful, too much fiber may actually cause bloating too! Ive known a lot of people who overdose on fiber and their good intentions turn around to cause uncomfortable belly bloat. Use the recommended dose of fiber as a guide to figure out how much you need to keep your bowels moving and your tummy tight.
- Drink Up! Drink plenty of fluids (aim for 6-8 glasses a day) to aid in digestion. Keep yourself hydrated by starting each day with a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and then 30 minutes before eating any big meal. Learning to drink more water is a habit you can cultivate, and it’s not hard to do it. Get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on hand at all times.
- Exercise. When you aren’t moving, nothing else is either! This is why when we sit too much or travel things tend to get backed up and puffy! Aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week. If your schedule is busy and you have a hard time fitting in 30 minutes of continuous activity, try doing 5-10 minutes in the morning before leaving your hotel or home. Any movement is better than none and will go a long way in helping you manage digestion. Even a walk can prove beneficial, do whatever allows your stomach to feel its best. When I am feeling a bit on the bloated side I like to do cardio to aid in digestion and core work to help “pull things back in”. To help with bloating, I filmed the below exercise videos. Press play and join me in getting fit to stop the Belly Bloat with these fitness routines.
Beat Belly Bloat Workout #1
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Beat Belly Bloat Workout #2
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- Rule Out Foods You’re Allergic or Sensitive To. While this may seem like a no-brainer, food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances can cause bloating, gas and stomach discomfort. Wheat and dairy are common culprits but it is best if you don’t self diagnose. If you think you have a food allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance, see your doctor for allergy tests and how you can avoid allergy and sensitivity-aggravating foods.
- AVOID Sugar-Free, low fat, artificially sweetened sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols are lower calorie forms of simple table sugar. Because they are digested in a different way than sugar, many people find that they cause bloating. Sugar alcohols are most often found in chewing gum, soda and as filler in many processed foods (all that “low-fat” and “non-fat” stuff is dangerous!). Look for the “-ol” at the end of the word to recognize a sugar alcohol. Examples: Sorbitol, and xylitol. Toss out sugar free foods, chewing gum, and diet sodas to beat belly bloat. You can read more about avoiding the dangers of artificial sweeteners in your diet here.
- Eat smaller meals more often. Eating more frequently can help control blood sugar, manage hunger, and keep you free of the bloated feeling that often follows large meals (think post thanksgiving fullness – not something you want on a regular basis). Try five to six small meals each day and make sure the quantity of food and calories are proportionate to your needs. To create a daily meal plan that includes the recommended amounts of all major nutrients, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate web site or schedule a visit with a nutritionist.
- Try healthy holistic foods and drinks to deflate. A few studies suggest that peppermint tea, ginger, dandelion, prunes, pineapple, parsley, and yogurts containing probiotics (“good” bacteria) may help reduce bloating. Probiotics can be especially helpful as they nourish the healthy bacteria in your intestines and keep things running smoothly. You can find probiotics in fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and cultured dairy-free yogurt. You can also take probiotics in a supplement form. Or you can try my delicious daily detox apple cider vinegar drink! These are safe foods that are good for you. Give them a try to see if they help with bloating or digestion.
- Take it easy on the beans. When it’s down the wire—such as several days before a big event—you may consider avoiding certain foods that are otherwise healthy for you. Beans and cruciferous vegetables can cause more gas than other foods, stick to other vegetables and plant-based sources of protein when you need to avoid potential stomach bloating.
- Slow Down. Eating too quickly and not chewing your food can cause air swallowing that leads to bloating. If you are a speed eater, it might be a good idea to make it a goal to slow down and take the time to enjoy your food. Aim to make your meals last at least 30 minutes. When you take your time to thoroughly chew and taste your food, your snack or meal becomes more satisfying and you can avoid belly bloating.
- Careful with the salt. You knew this one was coming, you will want to limit your salt to avoid bloating. Get in the habit of reading food labels and being a mindful consumer. When buying processed, canned, or frozen foods, shoot for no more than 500 mg of sodium per serving in any product — or a total of 1,500 to 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Look for labels that say “sodium free,” “low sodium,” or “very low sodium.”
- De-stress Yourself. Too much stress can cause constipation, stomach upset, or stomach bloating. Along with resolving any lifestyle factors that may be contributing to anxiety (like too much caffeine, not enough sleep, or poor diet), my book Balanced Body Breakthrough includes an entire chapter full of simple, effective stress relieving exercises and healthy habits. Getting rid of a tummy troubles may be a simple as a few deep, intentional breaths.
If you eat well, exercise, and manage your stress and you will be free of Belly Bloat and have a happy stomach for life. Of course, the suggestions above should not replace the advice of your doctor or health care practitioner. Should your stomach bloating last more than a few days, make an appointment with your doc and seek medical care.
I hope the healthy hacks above gave you a few ideas on what to do the next time you face tummy trouble. Do you have a healthy habit that helps you beat belly bloat and keep your stomach in good shape? Let me know in the comments below. I hope this post serves you in feeling your very best and keeping your belly healthy for life.
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