Ten bloat busters for the perfect bikini bod
We’ve all experienced it. When your tummy seems to have a mind of its own and fills out like a balloon. So what causes this dreaded bloat? “Overeating, food intolerances, low stomach acids, long gaps between meals and the imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut are some common reasons,” says nutritionist Naini Setalvad. Poor food combos—combining slow and fast digesting foods—can also trigger bloat, as can bloat superstars gluten, wheat, legumes, beans, dairy products and veggies such as cabbage, onion, garlic and broccoli. Scroll down for Nykaa’s quick de-bloat plan!
Sip on lemon water
Lemon is a natural diuretic with a gentle laxative action when added to warm water and a little fresh black pepper. Sip in the a.m. or whenever bloat strikes to reduce the salt retained by your body. Just remember to drink from a glass and not a straw so that you don’t gulp down air.
Chomp on celery
Over the years this crunch green veggie has been used as a digestive aid that reduces water retention, toxin buildup and bloating thanks to its high water content. Other top picks for anti-bloat veggies include cucumber, pumpkin, parsley and leafy greens.
Spice things up with turmeric
Like pepper, turmeric has immense detoxifying and anti-bloating properties. It also fights pain and inflammation. Add some haldi to your food or buy an organic turmeric product like Organic India Turmeric Formula and have it daily after breakfast.
Slurp some yogurt
Most people have some degree of lactose intolerance Therefore, it’s a safer option to opt for yogurt—a predigested food where the milk sugars are already broken down—instead of milk in your smoothie. The active lactobacillus and acidophilus cultures in yogurt improve symptoms of bloating. Or have a bowlful of dahi with a sprinkling of roasted sesame and flax seeds for some added crunch.
Drink coconut water
Another great anti-bloat drink that’s also choc-a-bloc with potassium to fight bloat. Plus it’s a refreshing, low calorie way to hydrate on a hot summer day.
Chill out with watermelon
All melons—especially watermelons—are a dieter’s best friend because they consist of over 90% water. They also have natural diuretic properties and are a great source of potassium, the one electrolyte that plays an important role in controlling bloat. For emergency anti-bloat action just whip up a cucumber-watermelon-lemon juice-ginger smoothie for the flattest tummy ever!
Ginger is the way to go
Any way you have it, ginger is great anti-bloat remedy. Sip on ginger tea, add pickled ginger to a sandwich, blend ginger with your favorite chutney or just down a ginger-honey shot every day for the ultimate cleanse. It’s also a tried and tested old wife’s remedy for treating menstrual cramps that cause bloating.
Sip some peppermint tea
Throw some fresh mint leaves into a steaming cuppa or just infuse your drinking water with some mint for a refreshing, anti-bloat fix.
Eat some spinach
Spinach is a great food to lessen belly bloat because it pushes fiber through the digestive tract. Besides high water content, it contains lots of minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium that ease water retention. Eat it in a stir fry or blend into a smoothie with ginger, turmeric and coconut water.
Sweat it out
Nothing like a hectic gym session that works up some sweat to get rid of bloat. Intense exercise revs up the metabolism and sweating is a good way to detoxify and get rid of excess sodium. Even a 30 minute jog or Zumba session is enough.
What’s your tried-and-tested anti-bloat fix?