Stopping that bloating feeling

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WARMER weather brings sunny days, fresh breezes and plenty of flora and fauna to explore.

But there’s another aspect to warm weather that some people dread: swimsuit season.

According to a recent survey by Renew Life, three out of four women (around 77%) have felt self-conscious while wearing a swimsuit due to body issues… and their midsection is a big reason.

Belly bloat is the No. 1 reason they feel self-conscious. Wearing a swimsuit takes guts!

Most women typically do something in preparation to look their best for swimsuit season.

To battle the bloat and feel your best at the pool, beach and beyond follow these four simple tips.

1. Eat smart

Avoid highly processed foods to maintain a tame tummy. These foods are typically high in sodium and low in fibre, which contributes to that bloated feeling. Some vegetables should be avoided as well. Beyond beans, avoid broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower which can cause a gassy feeling.

2. Hydrate

Staying hydrated is essential on hot days but don’t reach for carbonated drinks. The bubbles can get trapped in your belly and contribute to bloating.

Instead, go for good old H2O. If you need a little flavour, add a few wedges of fresh orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit for a healthy twist that’s sure to quench your thirst.

3. Maintain gut health

A properly functioning gut contains a delicate balance of bacteria to help with digestive and immune health. Without this balance, you can feel bloated and unwell.

Keep your gut in check with a daily probiotic supplement. Just one daily pill can help replenish the balance to help you keep bloat under control.

4. Exercise

If you’re bloated you may be more tempted to curl up on the couch rather than get active. However, exercise stimulates the bowels and helps keep your digestive tract regular. Strive to move around for at least 15 minutes a day.

Take a short walk, turn on that workout video and sign up for that yoga class — not only will you kick your bloated feeling into the curb but you’ll look and feel great.

Don’t let tummy troubles keep you from doing the things you love. With these four tips you’ll have that occasional bloat under control and be ready for swimsuit season.

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