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How to Beat the Bloat

Whether you are male or female, young or old, carnivore, vegetarian, or vegan, it will eventually happen to you. It is inevitable and a feeling some know all too well.

You’ve been there – waking up with fingers like sausage links, barely being able to button your pants, bemoaning cheeks as puffy as a chipmunk’s.

It’s official. For whatever reason, you’re bloated.

Fortunately, bloating can be solved in an easy and all natural manner. Next time you wake up feeling like your skin’s too tight, follow these steps to de-bloat as quickly as possible.

Step One – Drink, Drink, and Drink Some More

Yes, it sounds counter-intuitive. You’re full enough to burst and yet you’re supposed to drink more!? But it’s true. The more H20 you pump into your system, the more fluids you will end up flushing out. When you wake up bloated, drink a tall glass of water as soon as possible. Continue to sip on water throughout the morning and avoid diuretics, such as coffee and soda, which may cause your body to actually continue to retain fluids.

Step Two – Make Friends with Fiber
When you’re bloated, you just want to get things, ahem, moving. To get the process going, eat foods rich in insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber helps to move waste through your intestines and bowels and can be found in fruit skins (apples, pears, etc) and root vegetables (carrots and potatoes).

Step Three – Move, Move, Move
Break a sweat as soon as you can when you feel bloated. Getting some exercise, even just a brisk walk, will get the gases moving through your intestinal tract and right on out. Additionally, the post-exercise endorphins will make you feel better, bloated or not.

Step Four – Examine Your Past 48 Hours

Is bloating an all too familiar feeling for you? Take a minute to examine what you’ve been eating and see if you’re the one causing the bloat. Are you drinking a lot of soda or other carbonated beverages? Eating very quickly? Regularly enjoying large servings of dairy, beans, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage? All could be contributing to that belly bloat.

Let’s be honest; it’s miserable to be bloated. However, you do not have to resign yourself to that feeling for long. With these four easy steps, you’ll be back to feeling normal in no time!

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