Unfortunately, we all face the temporary abdominal distention that occurs from time to time. I am not talking about extra tummy fat, this is the annoying pooch which can appear when we least want it too. Unless your bloating is because of a medical condition or for a female your monthly cycle, the only real cause is intestinal gas and not necessarily “water weight”.
Michael Jensen, MD, an endocrinologist and obesity researcher at Mayo Clinic says, “It’s a myth that bloating in the stomach is from fluid accumulation in healthy adults, because the abdomen is not a place where fluids accumulate first,” Jensen says. “Instead, you would see it in your feet or ankles as long as you are upright.”
Well then what makes this gas accumulate and disturb how you feel and look? There are several causes, from food intolerances to constipation. However, there are solutions and certainly ways to reduce this problem.
Here’s a few of my Tips to reduce the awful Belly Bloat:
1.) Avoid Wheat and Lactose – I avoid Lactose all together a week or two before a Photo shoot or Competition, but Wheat is not in my diet, this makes me bloat every time. It might be affecting you as well, so try and avoid these to see if there’s any difference.
2.) Avoid Sugar-Free items and Sugar Alcohols – I’ll use the occasional Truvia/Stevia as added flavor with no calories to some of my foods, but similar to Lactose I will avoid a week or two weeks out before a Photo shoot or Competition.
3.) Carbonated Drinks – The fizz in carbonated drinks can cause gas to get trapped in your belly, this will definitely give you the Belly Bloat.
4.) Limit Sodium – Highly processed foods and condiments are high in sodium and low in fiber, both of which can contribute to that bloated feeling. I’m cautious to not overdo these and would recommend you to look for products with 500mg of Sodium or less per serving.
5.) Beans and Gassy Vegetables – If you’re not used to eating beans or the cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower, they can cause a gassy feeling. But certainly don’t give up on these super-nutritious foods. Your body can certainly adapt to breaking down these foods and digesting them without adding bloat, it’s just something to be aware of.
6.) Drink Water – Of course this can help! It flushes out toxins, sodium and other crud that keeps your bloat growing.
To flatten your belly for the long term, there’s no substitute for losing some fat, and getting a tight midsection. But reducing belly bloat can be super simple and help give you instant results. Also, if you haven’t tried DETOXIN™ by Katalyst Nutraceuticals or DETOX-LGC™ by Nu-Tek Nutrition, these two products are definitely worth looking into if you are looking to reduce your waistline and decrease mid-section body-fat.
Thanks for being a part of my journey and letting me be a part of yours! -AMY JO