How to Reduce Belly Bloat and Keep It Off

If you really need to get your drink on, at least keep yourself hydrated. Have a glass of water in between cocktails.

You should also be drinking a lot of water in general because it helps you digest food and can reduce the effects of carb-induced bloating.

Hold the Cheese, Please

I know, I know. Cheese is incredibly delicious. I won’t deny it.

It’s also loaded with calcium and other good stuff, but lactose intolerance is a real thing and is more widespread now than it used to be.

Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar found in dairy foods like yogurt, milk, and cheese. If you have belly bloat, it might be because you are lactose sensitive.

The digestive system doesn’t absorb lactose properly in people who are sensitive, so it becomes fermented by bacteria. The result is belly bloat and gas.

Try eliminating dairy for a few days and see if your belly bloat goes away. It’s a common cause and one that’s easy to fix.

You can replace creamer or milk with almond milk, but beware; it often has a thickening agent called carrageenan, which is made from seaweed that can cause inflammation in the gut.

Add Good Bacteria to Your Belly

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that will kill the bad gut bugs that cause all the belly trouble. There are numerous studies that show slimmer people tend to have less unhealthy bacteria in their digestive systems.

You can take a probiotic supplement if you have trouble getting probiotic-rich foods into your diet like coconut milk kefir, bone broth, and kombucha.

Greek yogurt is also loaded with probiotics, but if you are lactose intolerant, you might want to skip it.


Replace Bad Habits with Good Ones

What you put in your body isn’t the only cause of belly bloat. Some of your habits might be to blame for your pooch.

Eating too quickly can make your belly swell up with too much air, believe it or not. It causes you to swallow air, which distends the belly. Drinking through a straw and chewing gum do the same thing.

Take at least 30 minutes to eat a full meal. You can use gut health as an excuse to have a long lunch at work.

Being stressed out all the time is another habit you may want to break because it increases the level of hormones in your body that can irritate your digestive system and cause bloating.

CHILL OUT A BIT! If you’re constantly stressed or have anxiety, start a meditation practice. You deserve to feel peaceful.

Speaking of stress, it can cause other bad habits like smoking and overeating.

Smoking slows down the contraction of your intestinal muscles and causes liver problems and GERD. If you smoke, it could be what’s causing your belly.

Overeating is one of the most common causes of belly bloat.

CHILL OUT A BIT! If you’re constantly stressed or have anxiety, start a meditation practice. You deserve to feel peaceful.

Speaking of stress, it can cause other bad habits like smoking and overeating.

Smoking slows down the contraction of your intestinal muscles and causes liver problems and GERD. If you smoke, it could be what’s causing your belly.

Overeating is one of the most common causes of belly bloat.