Bloating happens to the best of us. It can be annoying at best and uncomfortable, or even painful, at its worst. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your chances of developing bloat. Simply making good lifestyle choices and incorporating healthy habits into your everyday routine — while cutting out negative choices and habits — can make a big difference in the amount of bloating you experience at any given time.
Drink More Water
I always keep a bottle of water on my nightstand, which should tell you that I’m a big advocate for staying hydrated all the time. Dehydration can lead to some pretty intense health issues, including weight gain, mood swings, and severe fatigue. Not getting enough water every day can also increase bloat. If you’ve ever heard of water retention or “water weight,” you may think water only makes you heavier. However, water retention usually happens when a person is dehydrated, and so their bodies compensate by holding onto water and reducing the frequency to urinate. This means you’ve got more bloat to deal with. Be sure to drink at least a few sips of water every hour, and you should notice an improvement.
Consume Less Sodium
Sodium intake is a major contributing factor to how much bloat a person may experience. Too much sodium in the body can cause the body to hold more water than is necessary, so be sure to look at the labels of the foods you eat regularly to make sure sodium levels aren’t too high. Generally speaking, processed foods and junk foods tend to have way too much sodium, so eat these sparingly if at all.
Consume More Fiber and Potassium
While you’re working on cutting out sodium, try to increase your intake of these two important nutrients. If your bloating is due to constipation or other digestive issues, consuming more fiber could drastically help improve this problem. Fiber promotes a healthy digestive tract. Just be sure not to overdo it, since too much fiber can actually create more gas, and therefore bloating, in the stomach. Potassium, meanwhile, will help reduce sodium and water retention in the body.
As a bonus, these simple choices are extremely effective at not only reducing bloat, but improving many other aspects of your overall health. Since the body is so well coordinated, improving one aspect of your health can improve other areas in terms of well-being in the long run.
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