Bloating is a common condition that can be caused by many factors. If you're feeling bloated, here are some simple lifestyle changes that may help alleviate the problem:
Cut down on the salt.
To reduce bloating, avoid processed foods.
- Salt is a preservative that can increase sodium content in food. Manufacturers use salt to make their products more appealing and to extend shelf life, so it’s best to avoid processed foods as much as possible.
- Avoid adding salt to your food—not just at the table but also when cooking and preparing meals. Many recipes call for adding a dash or two of salt when cooking vegetables or grains, which adds up over time if you eat these foods regularly (and if you don’t rinse them after cooking).
- Don't add salt to your water either; this may seem counterintuitive because we all know how bad dehydration can be for our bodies (especially during hot weather), but it's important not to fall into this habit because doing so will only cause more bloating in the long run!
Eat potassium-rich foods.
Eat potassium-rich foods: Potassium helps regulate fluid balance in the body. It can be found in bananas, potatoes, oranges, spinach and other fruits and vegetables. If you're exercising regularly or sweating a lot (or both), you may need to supplement your diet with more potassium-rich foods than usual to avoid dehydration that can lead to bloating.
Avoid gum and carbonated beverages.
Gum and carbonated beverages are sources of sugar, which can cause bloating. If you're prone to overeating, it may be best to avoid chewing gum. It's also best to avoid sodas, sports drinks and other fizzy drinks that contain a lot of sugar because they can cause bloating too.
To reduce your bloating, you need to reduce stress. Stress can affect your digestion, which is a major cause of bloat. If you're feeling stressed out and bloated, try a few of these tips:
- Write down everything that's on your mind. Sometimes just getting all those things out of your head and onto paper can help significantly reduce the amount of stress in our lives.
- Make a list of things that make you happy, or even just think about them for five minutes every day! This will help keep your mind off other things and give it something positive to focus on instead of negative thoughts about life's problems or events that happened earlier in the day (or month).
Eat slowly, and avoid big meals before bedtime.
Eating quickly is one of the easiest things to do, but it can also cause you to feel bloated. Take your time and chew your food thoroughly before swallowing. It’s a good idea to avoid eating too much fiber before bedtime as well, because it can irritate the digestive tract and cause bloating, especially if you have irritable bowel syndrome or another condition that makes it difficult for you to digest fiber properly. Finally, try not to eat fatty foods before going to bed; they make it harder for food particles in your stomach to get digested properly during sleep.
A few simple lifestyle changes can help improve bloating.
You can help your body get rid of excess gas by making some simple lifestyle changes:
- Drink plenty of water. Your body needs an adequate amount of water to process food, flush out toxins and keep waste products moving through your digestive tract. To reduce bloating, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses (64 ounces) each day. Our I Street Remedy is also a great option that features gut friendly ingredients such as apples, lemon and cucumber to help relieve bloating.
- Eat fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains every day. These foods are digested more slowly than low-fiber foods such as white breads or processed snack foods; this helps slow down digestion so less air is swallowed with meals. Eating more fiber may also help prevent constipation which causes gas in some people .
- Exercise regularly to promote bowel regularity and keep abdominal muscles strong so they can push food through the intestines efficiently without causing any discomfort in the process (see [link]). If you need help losing weight, speak with your doctor about healthy eating plans that will work best for you -- most importantly staying away from foods high in saturated fats -- combined with moderate exercise like walking 30 minutes every day should do wonders for reducing bloating caused by weight gain!
If you’re looking for a way to reduce bloating, try some of these lifestyle changes. You might be surprised at how quickly they work!