How to Reduce Belly Bloating With One Drink
A bloated belly can sabotage your plans and mood like no other. What do you do when you're supposed to be somewhere, in something (you know, pants that button, your little black dress, perhaps even a bathing suit), and suddenly your stomach looks and feels like you swallowed a basketball? How do you banish bloat in its tracks when you've got a bloat emergency? We posed that very question to the insanely fit trainers and nutrition gurus behind lifestyle brand Tone It Up, Katrina Hodgson and Karena Dawn, who know a thing or two about a flat tummy. Keep scrolling for their de-bloat-fast road map!
Sip Lemon Water
Spice It Up
On that note, you might be bloated because of indigestion or gastrointestinal distress. Cayenne pepper stimulates digestion, eases gas, and can relieve pressure and cramping. It's basically a bloated belly's most formidable match when you're in a bind, so toss a teaspoon into your drink of choice (more options below).
Take Some Turmeric
Drink Coconut Water
Make Ginger Your Friend
"Ginger is great for de-bloating, whether you make ginger tea or have fresh juice with ginger or a smoothie in which you include ginger," the girls say. "We love fresh turmeric, ginger, and lemon for making a juice; that's our favorite. We like taking shots of ginger too. If you have a juicer you can juice a bunch of ginger and have it on hand, and either take a shot of it or pour it into your smoothies and mix it up. We make huge batches of it to have on hand. If you don't have a juicer, you can slice up little bits of ginger—it's hard to grind up in a smoothie, so it's almost like you have to mince it, make it really small, then throw it in the blender," they say. A further benefit, they explain, is relief from the menstrual cramps that cause bloating.
Drink Peppermint Tea
"There are foods like asparagus that are a natural diuretic. So if it is a little further ahead of time (a few hours versus just one, for example), you can eat some asparagus to help you lose some bloat," they say. Just make sure to not sprinkle any salt on it! Sodium causes bloat, so lay off the shaker before an event.
Sweat It Out
De-Bloating Colada Smoothie Recipe
Will you try this the next time you're bloated before an event? Tell us below.
This post was originally published on May 21, 2015, and has been updated.