The time you’re struggling to zip up those jeans, don’t panic that you’ve suddenly piled on a dress size just before summer.
Instead of having piled on the pounds, you could simply be suffering from temporary bloating caused by gas and water.
Now, nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville reveals how you can quickly reduce a bulging stomach with a few lifestyle tweaks from eating different vegetables tocutting back on spicy foods.
1. DRINK MORE WATER
Your body is made up of approximately 70 per cent water and although you might think drinking less will make you cut down on bloating, it’s completely untrue.
Dr Marilyn, author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar, said: ‘Most of us do not drink enough fluids and, ironically, women who suffer from water retention tend to restrict their liquid intake thinking that the less they drink, the less their bodies will retain.
Actually, the opposite is true. If you restrict fluids your body will try to compensate and retain liquid, just in case it is short supply. That can cause bloating.’
So make sure to drink your recommended amount of two litres a day – two and a half litres a day for men – to keep hydrated.
2. CHOOSE YOUR FRUIT AND VEGETABLES CAREFULLY
Although all vegetables are good for you but think wisely when you’re buying your greens at the supermarket.
Marilyn said: ‘Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage may cause bloating and excess wind. For some people, these vegetables are not digested completely in the small intestines maybe due to a lack of enzymes.
‘It means, that when they reach the large intestines, bacteria in that part of the gut can cause gas and bloating when breaking down those foods.’
While in fruits, plums can also be a regular suspect as they are packed with sugar alcohols, which can ferment, causing bloating and gas.
3. CUT DOWN ON DAIRY
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