Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tips for a Flatter Stomach

by: Shauna Wilkinson
 

Have herbal teas and plenty of water.
Drink six to eight glasses of water a day, sipping slowly, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to heighten the cleansing effects. If you normally drink a lot of tea and coffee and are worried about going ‘cold turkey’ then have just one to cups a day, but really dilute to lessen the caffeine.


Got a sweet tooth and worried about getting cravings when you cut it out?
Eating regular healthy meals, with a steady intake of protein, should help reduce sugar cravings by keeping your blood sugar levels balanced. But if you need extra help try taking a supplement of the mineral chromium, it will help boost blood sugar level balancing. Take two 200mcg tablets a day, one 30 mins before a mid-morning snack and one 30 mins before a mid-afternoon snack


Eat your celery.
Celery is an excellent diuretic, due to its high potassium content, so it can help with water retention. Add celery chunks to salad, look for a good recipe for celery soup, or use celery as one of the ingredients in a vegetable juice


Limit gassy foods.
Foods like beans, pulses and root vegetables are notorious for causing bloating and wind.


Always chew food well and take your time when eating.
Chew each mouthful until the food is almost liquid; not only will this help to ensure that the food is properly digested, but it will also help you to eat slowly and enjoy your food, so can prevent you over eating.


Avoid all fizzy (soda) drinks, even diet ones.
Fizzy bubbles in carbonated diet drinks can cause gas to get trapped in your stomach and can cause bloating. Instead, drink water flavored with lemon, lime, or cucumber or try peppermint tea or a herbal tea.


Don't chew chewing gum.
It can lead to swallowing air, which can cause bloating. It can also stimulate your digest enzymes to expect food which can then stimulate hunger.


Watch your salt intake.
Never add extra salt to your food as it increases the amount of water that the body retains and can therefore make you look more bloated and heavier.


Avoid sweeteners.
Many people suffer from bloating because they consume too much sugar alcohol in artificially sweetened foods and drinks, and so it is important to avoid these sweeteners.

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