If there is one thing I hate, it’s feeling bloated. Few things are worse than walking around feeling like your stomach is full of air, and not knowing how to make it go away. It doesn’t only suck because it makes it difficult to wear those jeans that normally fit you perfectly fine… it also sucks because it’s just plain uncomfortable.
A lot of us probably deal with bloating when we have or are about to get our period. It’s a common side effect of PMS, and sometimes it can last for days. Of course, you can get bloated at other times of the month too, like if you ingest too much sodium. Whatever the reason for it, bloating is annoying, something you want to get rid of ASAP. So how you can make that horrible puffy feeling go away for good… or at least for the day? Read on for 10 tips on how to get rid of bloating.
Eat High-Potassium FoodsIf you find yourself bloated very often, make sure your diet is high in foods that contain a lot of potassium. And if you're feeling bloated right now, grab a banana to soothe yourself. Potassium helps to regulate the fluid in your body, and since bloating comes from fluid, eating high-potassium foods can help with it. Some examples include bananas, cantaloupe, spinach, tomatoes, mangoes, nuts and asparagus. Asparagus is great because it also acts as a diuretic to flush excess liquid out of your system, which is exactly what you need. Source: ShutterStock
Make Sure You're Eating The Correct Amount Of FiberFiber can either relieve your bloating or make it worse, depending on how much you're ingesting on a regular basis. If you're prone to bloating, keep track of the amount of fiber you're eating. Eating too little fiber can cause you to become constipated, which can lead to bloating. Eating too much fiber, though, can make bloating worse. Find your happy medium. High-fiber foods include beans, corn, avocado, brown rice, whole wheat pasta and bread, artichokes, peas, broccoli and almonds, among other foods. Source: ShutterStock
Eat Some Yogurt or Take ProbioticsProbiotics are a form of good bacteria that help us maintain a healthy digestive system, and can also help reduce bloating. If you feel bloated a lot, start taking a probiotic pill on a regular basis. You can also find probiotics in yogurt, so if your'e feeling bloated right now, eat a yogurt... slowly. Popping a probiotic pill can't hurt, but it won't be a quick fix on it's own - they need to be taken every day. Source: ShutterStock
Massage Your StomachBloating can be a result of excess gas in your stomach (meaning you need to fart or burp). Get that air out of there by massaging your abdomen area. Press your fingers near your right rib, slide them up towards your ribs, and then slide them across and down. Source: ShutterStock
Go For A Walk Or Do Some ExerciseExercise is great for bloating for two reasons. One, if you're bloated because you're constipated, moving around a lot will help regulate your digestive system and make you go to the bathroom. Two, strenuous exercise makes you sweat, which helps to release excess fluid in your body. Exercise also just makes you feel good! If you're not up for a hardcore gym sesh, take a 25 minute walk at a fast pace. Source; ShutterStock
Nibble On ParsleyIt might sound gross, but munching on a little parsley is actually a great way to get rid of bloating. Parsley acts as a natural diuretic, which flushes excess liquid out of your body. Either start adding it into your meals regularly, or eat some when you're feeling particularly puffy. Source: ShutterStock
Drink Mint or Ginger TeaMint and ginger are two things that are great for your stomach, so it's no surprise that they can also help relieve bloating. When you're bloated, slowly sip on peppermint or ginger tea. Dandelion tea is also a great option. Not only will these help with your digestive system, they will also increase your water intake and soothe your tummy. Source: ShutterStock
Avoid Acidic or Carbonated DrinksAcidic drinks like coffee and alcohol irritate your GI tract, which leaves you feeling bloated. Carbonated drinks like soda contain a lot of air, which gets trapped in your gut and creates a bloated feeling - this is why people burp after drinking soda. Any drink that contains too much artificial sugar can also cause bloating. When you're feeling bloated, your best bet is to stick with water and a mint or ginger tea. Source; ShutterStock
Take An AntacidMaybe your bloating is because of heartburn, or because you're feeling particularly gassy. Either way, an antacid is a good option if you're looking for a fix. Examples include Pepto Bismal or Tums. Keep them on hand. Source: ShutterStock
Drink WaterSince bloating is usually caused by excess liquid in your body, it probably sounds really weird to put more liquid in there to get rid of it. But when you're bloated, you should definitely drink water - it is the best thing to help flush your system of all that excess fluid. Be careful, though - chugging an enormous amount of water may make bloating worse. Source: ShutterStock
Do you feel bloated very often? How do you deal with it? How do you get rid of bloating? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments!