Is there anything more annoying than being bloated during swimsuit season? Ugh! If you’ve already tried your two-piece when packing for your summer vacation, you know what we’re talking about. But it’s not just about looking good half-naked. Bloating can feel really uncomfortable, and it’s a signal from our bodies trying to tell us to tweak our diet a little.
Whether you’re on vacation or staycation, bloat can happen: maybe your body is retaining water, maybe you’re PMS-ing, or maybe you just overdid it with the salty and spicy treats.
Of course, you don’t want to be lying on the couch until it’s over… So take action! Luckily, there are foods that our bodies love and that will actually help us achieve a flat belly. And if you’re looking for a complete meal plan? Try our 24-hour flat belly detox!
11 Recipes to Ease Belly Bloat
Take the next 24 hours to improve the quality of your digestion, which will lessen the belly bloat. Sugar, processed foods and salt are just some of the things we ingest that is causing bloat. Before we get to what you should eat, here are a few things to steer clear off.
- Sodium: Keep your salt intake low and avoid processed foods.
- Booze: The mega sugars in mixed drinks aren’t doing to any favors. And honestly, your body might enjoy the break. Reach for water instead.
- Carbs: Not only will you cut out empty calories but your digestion will thank you, especially if you have any wheat or gluten sensitivities.
Along with simple meals that give your digestion a rest, practice dry skin brushing and try a castor oil pack. Taking an Epsom salt bath also helps detox through your skin and up your intake of magnesium, which is needed for good digestion and healthy detoxification, which leads to weight loss and a flatter belly.
Naturally sweet, packed with antioxidants, fiber and enzymes, this smoothie is our number one weapon against bloating! Make it with diuretic pineapple and cucumber, as well as digestion-helping ginger.
2. Banana Milk
Since you’re supposed to avoid dairy and increase your potassium intake, banana milk is perfect against bloating! Use it to make your morning chia pudding for even more added benefits. If your bloating is caused by salt (processed food, take-out), balance it out with the potassium in a banana.
Squash is packed with potassium, which makes this creamy soup ideal for when you’re bloated. Since it’s also dairy-free, you can be sure it won’t be adding to the problem.
4. Ginger Tea
Debloat by drinking a cup of ginger tea, which helps dispel gas and calm the digestive system. You can also take it supplement form or eat it raw.
Activated charcoal is a well-known remedy for absorbing toxins in the stomach, which also helps reduce gas and bloat. Add some to your morning smoothie or try one of our favorite functional lemonade recipes.
Cucumber is packed with antioxidants that will help reduce swelling of the belly. It’s also a great digestive aid and it fights fluid retention. Steam your veggies if you’re bloated because raw cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower can cause tummy issues.
Avocado has more than enough beauty benefits and guess what? It also helps you de-bloat! That is due to the potassium it contains, which helps eliminate excess water in the body. This raw avocado soup recipe is perfect for summer!
Yep, water is good for everything. Drink it instead of carbonated drinks, and try infused water if you just can’t live without the taste. Drink rosemary & grapefruit infused water to beat bloating. The former improves digestion and minimizes gas, while the latter gets rid of the extra water retained by your body.
Green tea is known for speeding up the metabolism and aiding digestion, both of which will make a flat belly more achievable. Try this chilled green tea with chia seeds to benefit from the extra fiber.
Being 92% water, the refreshing fruit has a natural diuretic property and it’s a great source of potassium, both of which aid controlling bloating. Watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe are all filled with water. Eat them to detox your body from the sodium that’s causing you to bloat – slushies are a great way to do that!
11. Celery Juice
The crunchy stalk regulates bowel movements and controls intestinal gas, and it detoxifies the body with its high water content. Try the healing power of celery juice on its own or add it to a carrot blast juice.