If there is one thing that can make you feel ghastly, it is a bloated belly and there is no time of the year worse to deal with a bloated tummy than Summer. Luckily there are some Summer superfoods that we can all turn to in order to get rid of a bloated belly and be bikini ready in no time at all.
Not only is natural or Greek low sugar yoghurt extremely nutritious, yoghurts that contain added ‘good bacteria’ known as probiotics help to naturally regenerate the good bacteria found in the gut which helps to reduce gas, bloating and digestive discomfort quickly. In addition a daily serve of a probiotic supplement or yoghurt will help to keep the gut in optimal health, eliminating wastes and gases quickly, which can further act to prevent gastric discomfort on a daily basis.
A number of herbal teas including green, licorice and dandelion tea all have powerful diuretic properties which mean they draw fluid from the body, reduce water retention and keep the tummy relatively flat. Peppermint tea in particular is known to help reduce stomach discomfort and aid digestion. Aim for 2-3 cups of herbal tea a day.
Bran based cereal
Any high fibre breakfast cereal will help to keep food moving through the digestive tract regularly, removing wastes and keeping the tummy flat but bran in particular tends to have the most powerful effect. Aim for just ½ cup of bran based cereal each day and notice how much regular you digestive system works.
Cucumber, celery and radishes
While all salad vegetables are good for us, the high water content salad vegetables contain few calories but are packed with nutrition, including the nutrients which help to eliminate fluid and waste from the body. Snack on vegetables throughout the day and aim for at least one serve of salad a day to maximize the flat belly effect of these foods.
Watermelon and berries
While some fruits have a relatively high sugar content, most melons and berries are relatively low in sugar whilst having an extremely high proportion of water. High water content foods move quickly through the digestive tract, helping to keep bellies empty and flat.
When attempting to keep a tummy flat, consuming small, regular meals and snacks every 2-3 hours, as opposed to large meals that can leave you feeling heavy and bloated is the key to success. To achieve this we need to rely on low bulk foods that are nutrient dense and nuts fit this description perfectly. A handful of nuts will fuel you for at least a couple of hours whilst leaving minimal bulk in the tummy so you are left light yet energized.
Of all the grains, rye has a high proportion of insoluble fibre, the type of fibre which helps to move foods through the digestive system quickly. Swap heavy breads and grains for a few rye crackers to fuel you adequately whilst maintaining a flat tummy throughout the warmer months.