Did you know that simply feeling bloated can be the cause of over 60% of peoples’ bad moods?! Personally, I think that number is probably even higher – especially when you take into consideration that 95% of serotonin (the happy chemical hormone that makes you feel good) is produced in your gut – not your brain. This essentially means that when your stomach feels off, the rest of you is going to as well! Can you relate?
Especially with summer here, there’s nothing like sitting around in a bathing suit feeling bloated and uncomfortable in your own skin to put in you in that happy, “let’s go hang out at the pool” kind of mood, am I right?!
Seriously though, feeling bloated is never fun and can be one of the major reasons people cancel plans – and instead just sit around feeling miserable and unhappy – which is never a good thing! Trust me, I’ve been there!
Well, let me tell you that you can beat that belly bloat for good – and feel your best all the time with just some simple tweaks of your daily routine! In fact, I have a FREE Workbook all about it that I’m just dying to share with you all – so stay tuned!
But in the meantime, I wanted to start you off with one of the easiest tips to beat that belly bloat, today! So let’s have it!
TIP #1: Drink More Water
I know it sounds too simple, but hear me out. Water truly is the most underrated health and weight loss tool. Our bodies are actually composed of nearly 60% water – which means that almost everybody part and function is affected by water in some way, shape, or form! And did you know that most people will literally die after 3 days of not drinking water? Only THREE days!!
Water also helps with numerous other “conditions”, including:
- Flushing out waste and bacteria – which is a major cause of bloating. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. If you are “backed up”, try drinking more water on a consistent basis!
- Drinking water will help you save calories. People often think they are hungry when they are actually thirsty.
- Reduce joint pain. Did you know that glucosamine actually works because it helps cartilage absorb water? This is what makes our cartilage soft and hydrated, and therefore less “achy”.
- Prevent headaches. Many headaches are caused by dehydration, so next time you feel an achy head coming on, try drinking more water!
- Make your skin glow. Since our skin is the largest organ of our body, it makes sense that keeping our bodies hydrated would affect the way our skin looks as well. In fact, not only can it affect the color and texture of your skin, but it also affects the actual temperature, since sweating is what helps regulate the heat in our bodies.
- How we absorb nutrients. Water serves as the body’s transportation system when it comes to nutrients, and lack thereof can vastly slow or diminish the number of nutrients our organs get.
- Perform better – both mentally and physically. If our bodies aren’t properly hydrated, we can feel foggy and not perform our daily tasks efficiently. Dehydration also prevents us from working out at our peak since water helps balance our fluid and electrolytes, which is essential to avoid muscle fatigue.
So now that you know how imperative drinking water is to help with everyday functions – like bloating – here are 6 easy steps to help you drink more of it!
6 Easy Steps to Drinking More Water:
- Always try to drink warm or room temperature water, especially first thing in the morning, to help with morning elimination.
- Drink half your body weight in water. So, if you weigh 130 lbs, you should be drinking 65 ounces per day of water. Yes, tea, flavored and carbonated waters count too – but coffee, soda and alcohol do not; they are actually dehydrating. Do be careful of that carbonation though: it’s also a culprit in belly bloating.
- Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before every meal. Drinking it too close to mealtimes will dilute your digestive juices and again, increase belly bloat. Then [try to] wait an hour before you drink more. Again, your stomach juices will thank you!
- Always carry a bottle of water with you (or leave one in your car, purse, desk, etc.) – so you never actually feel thirsty. If you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. They have high water content and will count toward your total “fluid” intake. The fiber helps with elimination, and therefore belly bloat too!
- Choose water-based beverages you actually enjoy drinking. If you like the taste, you are more likely to drink more.
Follow these simple suggestions and your belly bloat – and wellbeing in general – should quickly start to improve. But remember, this is only the start, so stay tuned for more tips to beat belly bloat and increase your overall wellbeing for good!
Anxious to get started?! I’d love to help you ditch the weight and increase your energy today, so CONTACT ME and let’s set up a call to do just that!