Bloating is something we all can relate to. Most of us get only get it when we overstuff ourselves, but there are some people who struggle almost every time they eat a meal. If you tend to feel bloated more often than not, even when you're not even over-eating, you could have a food sensitivity. What's the different between a food sensitivity and a food allergy? Allergies have an immediate, highly noticeable (even fatal) response, while sensitivities can take even a few days to show anything at all and manifest in many different ways (such as inflammation), not always visibly. This can be in the form of headaches, eczema, gas, acne, bloating, IBS, etc. Foods like dairy, gluten, egg, or soy are often the culprits behind these sensitivities; the best way to figure the cause is an elimination diet--our at-home Food Sensitivity health test can help you get started by showing you which foods you have a higher reactivity to. In the meantime, to combat bloat, here are 4 simple drinks to help you reset and get rid of the belly bloat. We recommend drinking them as often as possible!
Peppermint tea has been proven to contain carminative elements, which allow gas to move through the digestive tract as it forms instead of remaining stagnant, causing discomfort. It is also an appetite suppressant, and the naturally sweet flavor of peppermint means that a simple cup can substitute in place of a dessert, making it easier to stick to your healthy eating goals.
According to numerous studies, ginger is traditionally used to ease stomach issues, and it blocks several genes and enzymes in the body that promote bloat--causing inflammation. This fast-friendly drink will help improve your food digestion and stop those pesky, unhealthy cravings for excess salt and sugar.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It may not sound too pleasant, or even taste that great (we'll be honest), but apple cider vinegar is a great way to boost your metabolism and keep belly bloat to a minimum. Just try adding 1 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar to your water in the morning (to start). It acts as a probiotic rich in enzymes that will aid in digestion and help rehydrate you as soon as you wake up.
True or false: if we're drinking a lot of water, we're contributing to the bloat. Surprise... it's false! If you aren't drinking enough water, your body retains water to prevent dehydration. And side note, dehydration tends to lead to constipation, which in turn often leads to bloating. Water keeps things moving through the body and helps flush the waste away. Need help drinking more water? Add a little bit of coconut water to give it some flavor--just be sure it has no added sugar.