6 Foods That Can Cause Bloating
We know that many of you spend time eating healthy food and doing fun workouts, and often before a sunny vacation. Finding the most flattering suits for your body is a great start, but being equipped with as many tools as possible will help you feel confident before running around on the beach or sitting poolside. The last thing you probably want to worry about is feeling weighed down and bloated by choosing the wrong foods.
Here are six foods that cause bloat and to avoid right before you hit the beach.
- Carbonated drinks: While you’ve hopefully taken the initiative to say goodbye to soda for good, sparkling water can be a decent substitute if you can’t get enough of those bubbles. With that said, it’s best to avoid any carbonated drinks before you hit the beach to steer clear of unnecessary belly bulge or gas. These drinks contain gas that gets trapped in your digestive system, which can create distention in your lower abdomen.
- Salt: Supersalty foods or added salt don’t necessarily make you gassy, but they definitely cause you to retain water. Even though those cantina chips and salsa may seem like the ideal pre beach grub. Opt for something with lower levels of sodium like fresh veggies to help you feel your best before you head to the ocean.
- Cruciferous veggies: They’re great foods for long-term weight loss. If there’s one time not to chow down on a heaping helping of broccoli, cabbage, or kale, it’s right before you hit the beach! These veggies cause gas because it contains a complex sugar called raffinose.
- Gum: Chewing on gum may seem harmless for your debloating cause, but it can actually cause your belly to swell. The reason makes sense: you’re swallowing large amounts of air.
- Sugary mixed drinks: While rum runners are nearly synonymous with dreamy beaches, the sugar is not helping your cause. Between natural sugars and artificial sweeteners, the high levels of fructose can make you bloat.
- Dairy: If you’ve got any form of lactose intolerance, then avoid dairy before you hit the beach. Dairy causes gas, bloating and other digestive issues, so it’s best to just say no.
Bloating is never fun, and it can be especially frustrating when you don’t know what’s causing it. We hope this list of six foods that cause bloating has been helpful for you. If you experience regular bloating, we suggest talking to your doctor about potential causes and solutions. In the meantime, avoid these foods as much as possible and give us a call to schedule your next massage!