5 Drinks to Get Rid of Belly Bloat
A bloated belly can make you feel pretty uncomfortable during the day. These five refreshing drinks can help you avoid or reduce belly bloat.
What causes belly bloat?
Bloating can be caused by several things, including:
- poor eating habits, such as eating too fast
- carbonated beverages
- gassy foods (onion, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, legumes etc. can have unpleasant consequences)
Dehydration is not always the cause of belly bloat. But keep in mind that more than 50% of our body is made up of water!
This means it is really important that you stay hydrated.
Experts recommend that you drink regularly throughout the day before you get thirsty. You should also pay attention to the following signs of dehydration:
- Trouble concentrating
- Dark urine
- Dry skin
- Constipation and bloating
The following five drinks can help you avoid or reduce belly bloat:
1. Green tea
Unsweetened green tea quenches your thirst, boosts your metabolism and can act like a prebiotic (non-digestible food fibers that stimulate the growth of good bacteria in your gut). You can drink it hot or cold.
2. Water with lemon or cucumber
Pep up boring water with a slice or two of lemon or cucumber. This adds variety and tastes amazing. Plus, it stimulates your metabolism.
Drink still water. Carbonated water can cause bloating.
3. Watermelon smoothie
A smoothie made from fresh watermelon can taste wonderful and refreshing. Thanks to its high water and potassium content, this fruit helps to relieve belly bloat. Plus, it is low in calories.
4. Peppermint tea
Peppermint has many positive benefits. It relieves cramps and relaxes the body. This makes peppermint tea the perfect drink for getting rid of belly bloat. The tea tastes best when you pour hot water over the fresh peppermint and let it brew for several minutes.
5. Pineapple frappé
Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain. This reduces inflammation and stimulates digestion. A fresh pineapple frappé can thus help you avoid belly bloat. Plus, it tastes delicious!
So don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids! This keeps you fit and helps you avoid belly bloat.