(BPT) – 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.
Three out of four women (77 percent) have felt self-conscious while wearing a swimsuit due to body issues, according to a recent Renew Life survey, 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 (60 percent) 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 five simple tips.
First, prime your body with an herbal cleanse from Renew Life. This easy three-day cleanse works with the body’s natural metabolism to help eliminate waste and toxins, and relieves occasional bloating and constipation. You’ll detoxify, reduce water retention and immediately feel more energized.
2. Eat smart
Avoid highly processed foods to maintain a tame tummy. These foods are typically high in sodium and low in fiber, 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.
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 flavor, add a few wedges of fresh orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit for a healthy twist that’s sure to quench your thirst.
4. 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 like Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotic. Just one daily pill can help replenish the balance to help you keep bloat under control.
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 and groove 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 bloat to the curb, but you’ll look and feel great.
Don’t let tummy troubles keep you from doing the things you love. With these five tips you’ll have occasional bloat under control and be ready for swimsuit season.
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Abdominal bloating causes physical discomfort and hurts your ability to live life to its fullest. The good news? Experts say stomach bloating is a condition you can avoid pretty easily. I’m not talking about extra pounds of stomach fat, Im referring to the temporary abdominal distention that plagues most everyone from time to time. Now’s a great time to think about the foods you are eating and how they may contribute—or help fight—belly bloat.
Here are a few quick suggestions to help digestion, reduce bloating, and make your tummy a happy, healthy one:
EXERCISE! Get rid of abdominal discomfort with this quick, effective total body workout video. In this free video routine above, Fitness Pro, Caroline Jordan leads you through some of the most effective, challenging, and high energy moves to help ease stomach discomfort and get your flat abs back! A combination of planks, side planks, situps, and bridges, this quick routine will help your stomach get rid of bloating NO time. This workout is perfect if you are working out from home or have a busy schedule and need a quick routine you can do anywhere. Repeat the series 2-3 times through for a longer workout and focus on quality over quantity.
Get enough fiber, fluids, and exercise: Too little fiber, fluids, and physical activity can lead to constipation, which can result in bloating. Avoid tummy trouble by eating a diet high in fiber (25 grams per day for women and 38 for men) from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids (aim for 6-8 glasses a day) and get at least 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week.
As always, please check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. This video is not meant to replace the advice of a doctor, physical therapist, or health care specialist. Honor your body and its injuries and stop exercising if you feel pain. Should your abdominal bloating last more than a few days, visit your doctor and take care of yourself!
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Get rid of Stomach Bloat with this belly deflating workout.