With the right diet and workout, you can see a difference in your belly (and maybe even reveal an ab or two!) in just a few days. The secret? Beat belly bloat. The best way to avoid bloat is to stay away from soda, alcohol and greasy, salty, fatty meals, which slow the stomach and the intestines from emptying (and also cause nasty gas). Try adding these 5 belly bloat-busting foods to your diet that will aid in proper digestion and help minimize gas.
Papaya: There’s some research that says the enzyme in papaya may aid digestion. Try mixing diced papaya into plain organic Greek yogurt (it has the most amount of friendly or good gut bacteria for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon high protein snack.
Oatmeal: Oat bran can be particularly beneficial regarding aiding proper digestion because it is a soluble fiber and is very filling. Having oatmeal for breakfast will keep you feeling full, so you’ll be less likely to sneak snacks before lunch.
Yogurt: The key is to make sure you’re choosing a yogurt that has “active cultures,” which will increase the number of “good” bacteria in your gut, helping you digest more efficiently and preventing that belly from blowing up. Look for organic plain yogurt (which is very likely to contain the active cultures), and avoid entirely yogurt with “fruit on the bottom.” If you need a touch of sweet, stir in some vanilla bean paste; add some cinnamon to spice it up and some seasonal fresh fruit.
Asparagus: Studies reveal interesting new data about asparagus that indicates that it has some probiotic benefits. So it may ease gas build-up. Asparagus is one of the best natural diuretics, which will help flush waste and excess water from your body. Try my Spring Asparagus Soup recipe from my SOUPer Slim Diet ebook that is 50% off. Click here to order.
Quinoa: This South American grain is a great source of the minerals including magnesium, phosphorous and manganese. As a bonus, the potassium in quinoa has been shown to beat belly bloat (your jeans will thank you).