We’ve all been there. That feeling when your clothes don’t fit right, it’s uncomfortable to sit and it’s impossible to suck your stomach in. Being bloated ranks pretty high up on our list of the worst feelings ever. The good news is you don’t have to wallow in what feels like an extra five to 10 pounds on your body because there are foods you can eat to help relieve bloating.
Bloating happens when your body holds on to too much water. That’s why some of the best types of food to eat are natural diuretics like cranberries, cabbage, watermelon, beets, artichokes, cucumber, brussel sprouts, lettuce, green tea, tomatoes, asparagus and carrots. These foods help your body release the water it’s retaining. Cranberries also help flush bacteria out of the kidneys and are also good for your urinary tract. Cabbage helps break down and flush out fat deposits along with excess water.
It’s also a good idea to keep yourself hydrated, otherwise you’re dehydrated body holds onto fluids and actually becomes bloating. That’s another reason why diuretic food like watermelons, cucumbers and lettuce are good options—their high water content causes you to flush out all your retained water.
Additionally, look out for foods that are rich in potassium like bananas, dried plums and avocados. Potassium helps balance excess sodium in the body and reduces water retention.
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