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5 tips to stop belly bloating

5 tips to stop belly bloating

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Whether you feel like you’ve gained five pounds in the past few days, made some poor food choices, or you just feel constant discomfort—there’s definitely a reason for your belly bloating AND there’s many solutions for it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJPkc_vva9o&feature=youtu.be

Here are my top 5 tips to STOP belly bloating

1. Eat slowly

As I talked about in one of my previous articles, eating slowly is essential to proper digestion of your food! In order for your brain to tell you when you’re full, it needs up to 20 minutes to send you the signal to stop eating!

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2. Decrease your intake of processed food

Processed sugars, saturated fats, dairy, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners are the most commonly found sources of an upset stomach and belly bloating. INCREASE your intake of whole fruits and veggies, especially those with a high water content!

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3. Chill out

RELAX! Stress hormones disrupt the digestive system! Always try your best to take time out of your day to FOCUS ON YOU, even if it’s just a ten-minute walk around the block. Along with relaxation comes a good night’s sleep! A lack of sleep distorts your perception of hunger and appetite, often leading you to overeat highly processed foods which can make you bloated!

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4. Up your fiber intake

Choose unprocessed, whole foods that are high in fiber to decrease bloating and improve your digestive system! Fruits and veggies such as watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, cucumbers, grapes, berries, avocado, pears, oranges, bananas, celery, and leafy greens are a great way to nourish your body AND fight off belly bloating while flushing out toxins.

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5. Stop, drop, and chug water

A lack of water and an excess of sodium in your diet can lead to discomfort and unwanted bloating. From my experience, I have found that starting my day with about 32 ounces of water (that’s a liter!) helps to jump start my digestion and wake up my body early in the morning! DRINK MORE WATER!

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Starving, fasting, and using laxatives are NOT the answer to your belly bloating!! Whole fruits and veggies, water, exercise, and sleep will put you on on the road to success and will help you achieve your flat tummy!

These tips to stop belly bloating were written by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.

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Say Buh-Bye to Bloating with These Tips!

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This is a post published by PumpUp member @coachmelissa. Check out her website at melissalepage.com 

We all feel bloated from time to time, and it’s the most annoying sentiment in the world. It’s one of the reasons why I eat clean and workout every day. Even if you do abide by a healthy lifestyle, bloating can still happen. Fortunately for you, I have a couple of tricks to share!

Say  buh-bye to bloating and hello to gorgeous tips! 

I drink hot water with lemon every morning

Lemon water is a natural diuretic (which is huge when it comes to de-bloating). It also:

1.} Boosts the immune system: Lemon water stimulates brain & nerve functions.
2.} Balances pH: It reduces your body’s overall acidity (it’s one of the most alkalizing drinks!). Even though it’s acidic it metabolizes alkaline. Yay!
3.} Weight loss: Lemons help fight hunger cravings. Sold.
4.} Flush it out: Lemon juice gets rid of toxins. This helps with constipation & digestion.
5.} The best diuretic: Prep for your bikini season with lemon water! Lemons make you pee more, which rids toxins.
6.} Buh-bye pimples!: Vitamin C  helps decrease wrinkles & blemishes.
7.} Rids bad breath: Because no one wants bad breath.
8.} Later, stress: Vitamin C is the first thing to go when you’re under pressure or stress. Bottoms up!

Remember: not everything in life has to be so hard. This tip is easy. So make it an AM habit & thank me later.

(HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT HOT LEMON WATER.)

Note: eating too much lemons can eat away at tooth enamel. I highly suggest that you buy glass straws.

Reach for berries & grapes instead of apples or melons

Berries & grapes are easier on the digestive system. Dessert suggestion? Eat frozen berries & grapes! SO yummy!

I LOVE sparkling water!

Pelligrino is the BEST!!! I drink it alllllll the time & it keeps me very full. BUT. It tends to cause bloat. So, add some lemon in your glass!

Skip the salt

Salt= major bloat!!! I use fresh herbs, lemon juice, or curry powder instead. Also, anything spicy can release stomach acid. So ( unfortunately ) stay away from spicy foods to prep for a bikini.

Stay away from alcohol, if possible

Alcohol causes bloat– so sorry, guys— say ‘no way, rosé ( BOO ).’

Rule out wheat or lactose if you have an allergy or intolerance

Food allergies and intolerances can cause gas and bloating. Many people self-diagnose these conditions and unnecessarily eliminate healthy dairy and whole grains from their diet. You may benefit from reducing the amount of the suspected food or eating it with other foods. In the case of dairy, it can help to choose aged cheeses and yogurt, both of which are lower in lactose!!

Cut back on sugar-free gum

…And candy and other foods containing artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and aspartame, which aren’t digestible and trigger bloating.

Follow Melissa on PumpUp @coachmelissa. Check out her website at melissalepage.com