How to Minimize Your Bloat (3:19)
The biggest problem a lot of people experience every day is bloating. Your body retains extra water and causes your stomach to balloon out, which makes it hard for your pants to fit comfortably — and you just can't figure out why! Naturopathic doctor Pina LoGiudice has a plan to solve your bloating problems for good. Before you try the plan, you should see a doctor to make sure the cause of your bloat isn't an indicator of a more serious condition like heart disease or kidney disease. If your bloat is just excess water in your body, there are easy diet changes Dr. LoGiudice recommends to bust your bloat.
Stop With the Salt
Salt is one of the main culprits that causes bloat because it makes your body retain water. The easiest fix to get rid of bloat is to decrease your salt intake. This means stop over-salting your food and get rid of processed foods altogether. Processed foods contain preservatives and a ton of sodium (aka salt) that do not do your stomach any good. Additionally, say goodbye to soda as the sodium in it can cause you to retain water as well.
Remember, You Have Hormones
Sometimes you can't control your bloat. When your hormones fluctuate, you can get bloated. This is very typical when you are about to get your period or when you currently have it. The fluctuating estrogen levels in your body will cause you to retain water. When this type of bloat happens just relax and rest assured it will be gone soon. In the meantime, following the diet tips in this plan should help to minimize some of the effects of PMS bloating.
Eat Natural Diuretics
Diuretics assist your kidneys in releasing water from your body. If bloating makes you retain water, an antidote to the problem would be to flush the water right out of your system — diuretics help you do just that. If you wake up feeling bloated try drinking a smoothie that has bananas, avocado, and coconut water. All three ingredients contain potassium which is a diuretic. If you're feeling your pants starting to get tight mid-day, swap your soda for parsley-infused green tea . Parsley and the caffeine found in green tea will help flush your system. For lunch or dinner add a ton of diurectic fruits and veggies — like spinach, asparagus, celery, cucumbers, melon, and more — into a delicious bloat-busting salad.