Feeling bloated? You’re not alone. Most of us find ourselves bloated from time to time even when the world is operating as normal. Now, with so many of us trying to lower our frequency of grocery store visits, we are eating more and more processed foods with longer shelf lives. We’re drinking less water and not exercising as much because our routines have been disrupted. All of these factors and more can lead to a very bloated tummy – so here are some simple solutions to help you beat the bloat:
Skip The Salty Food Options
Pickles, ham, peameal bacon, cottage cheese, tuna, and processed carbs are all saltier food options – and although they are recommended choices on many healthy meal plans, these are not the best options if you are feeling bloated or puffy. Look to cleaner sources of protein and carbohydrates such as eggs and brown rice.
Water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste and control your appetite. WebMD states that drinking water before meals results in an average reduction in intake of 75 calories per meal. Drinking water before just one meal per day would cause you to ingest 27,000 fewer calories per year. Do the math: You’d lose about eight pounds per year just from drinking water! Try one of our EVO Revive BCAA flavours to add some fun to your water! Ewyn clients that drink at least 1 scoop a day see better water consumption and better weight loss results.
Magnesium is a mineral. In fact, it is involved in more than 300 enzymatic reactions that keep the body functioning. Increasing your magnesium intake may help reduce water retention as electrolytes (magnesium) control water balance and cell hydration!
Good sources of magnesium include nuts, whole grains, and leafy, green vegetables. It’s also available as a supplement. PMBM is one of our favourite sources of magnesium to aid digestion, decrease bloating, and regulate bowel movements. Stephanie at Ewyn’s head office says that PMBM was a game changer for her digestive system!
Bump Up Your Cardio
Exercise is a quick way to reduce water weight – as you sweat, you lose water! You can lose anywhere between 16 and 64 oz per hour during a good sweaty cardio session. Your body also shifts water into your muscles, which helps with that puffy bloated look from excess water retention. Exercise also helps with sleep and stress which both also contribute to excess fluid retention.
Our favourite natural way to bring down fluid retention! Peppermint is a natural diuretic and has amazing digestive properties. One Ewyn staff member says, “Any time I fly, I get a big peppermint tea to take on the plane with me and sip it throughout my flight to control the bloating and swollen ankles!”