Banish the belly bloat

You’re exercising, you’re eating healthy, you’re losing weight, looking fierce and feeling fine until all of a sudden your new skinny jeans are bulging at the zipper and you look as though you’re in your second trimester. Welcome to the world of belly bloating… Luckily though, there are some easy ways in which you can tame the beast!

Drink up

Our bodies will hold on to water to prevent dehydration so increasing your water intake will actually reduce water retention. Water can also help prevent constipation which may be contributing to your funny tummy. I aim to drink 2-4 litres of water per day depending on the level of activity I am doing.

Mixing fresh lemon juice and apple cider vinegar with some water first thing in the morning will also help to promote digestion and soothe the gastrointestinal tract, helping to prevent stomach bloating, gas and cramps.

Start moving

Daily physical activity, even if it’s a 10 minute walk can help to prevent or relieve bloating as exercise helps gas pass through the digestive tract a lot quicker than someone who doesn’t exercise.

Increase your fibre

Fibre helps food move through the intestines quickly and so it’s important that we get on average 30g of fibre per day in our diets. However if you’re not used to eating a lot of fibre, you should increase it slowly otherwise you’ll end up even more bloated than before. High fibre foods include: whole grains, berries, avocado and dried fruits such as apricots and plums.

Take a daily probiotic

A good probiotic will help to restore the balance of good and bad bacteria in your stomach. Probiotics are available in a variety of species, but the most well-known species is called Lactobacillus acidophilus or L. acidophilus for short.

Watch your sodium intake

Too much sodium in your diet will cause your body to retain water so think twice next time you reach for the table salt. I like to use Pink Himalayan Rock Salt as it’s lower in sodium than normal salt. You should also try and limit high sodium foods such as  deli meats, dairy products, sauces and condiments and frozen meals.

If you do suffer from ongoing discomfort or other digestive problems then it is always best to consult your health care professional.

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