Did you know over 10 million Americans complain about feeling bloated on a regular basis? Many of us have experienced an uncomfortable feeling usually caused by consuming salty, fatty foods. Classy co-eds want to avoid feeling (and looking!) bloated in the summer more than ever. Between the beach, bikinis and short-shorts, there is just no room for a bloated belly.
Luckily, eliminating bloat doesn’t require an insane exercise regimen or crazy diet. Here are seven stomach-saving foods that will help you beat the bloat!
Oranges and Watermelons
Enjoying foods with high water content is key when it comes to managing bloat because they help to flush waste and excess water from your body. Watermelons contain 92 percent water and oranges are composed of 80 to 90 percent of H20.
Yogurt promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach. This bacteria reduces gas that accumulates over time and leads to a flat belly.
Oatmeal is high in fiber, which helps to relieve constipation (a common cause of bloating.) Consuming oatmeal or bran cereal with about five grams of fiber per serving will help everything move through your system much more quickly.
Strawberries and Blueberries
Also high in fiber, snacking on these fruits will help you keep your system clean.
A fruit rich in water, pineapples contain an enzyme that helps break down proteins, promotes good digestion and also eliminates pesky stomach pains.
And six foods to avoid…
- High-Acid drinks (alcohol, coffee, tea, etc.)
- Fried foods
- Carbonated drinks
While it is not easy to avoid all foods that cause bloat, making a few simple lifestyle changes will have you looking and feeling healthier before Labor Day weekend!
How do you beat bloat?
Be sure to check out the CL Intern Kitchen for fresh and fun recipes to try this summer!
Casey Galasso is a Health & Lifestyles Writer for College Lifestyles. She will be a junior at Marist College in Poughkeepise, NY this fall. Her hobbies include running, increasing the size of her DVD collection and baking. She is looking forward to a relaxing summer filled with friends, family, warm weather and good books.