Battle Your Bloated Belly

(CARLSBAD, CA) – Ugh! Your clothes don’t fit properly, your waistline keeps expanding, and those endless crunches seem futile in your attempt to flatten your midsection. What could you possibly be doing wrong? Perhaps it’s time to consider that some of those extra inches around your midsection could actually be bloat, not fat.

Belly bloat can occur from overeating, constipation, lactose intolerance, food allergies, or simply from a slower digestive system that often comes with age. Women over age 40 are particularly vulnerable to belly bloat. Fortunately, if you suffer from belly bloat, you’re not resigned to living with a puffy midsection. Try a few of these tips to battle your bloated belly.

  • Get a Move On – If you feel bloated, don’t sit still. Being sedentary is actually the worst thing to do. If your bloated belly makes it uncomfortable to participate in rigorous exercise, then Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends that you take a comfortable stroll around the neighborhood. When your body is in motion, regardless of the pace, you will feel some relief.

  • Where’s the Fiber? – Add more fiber to your diet. This gets your digestive system moving and minimizes bloat. According to researchers from the University of Toronto, you need two types of fiber: insoluble fiber and gel-like soluble fiber. Typically, you can get these from an all-bran breakfast cereal.

  • Shake the Salt Habit – Sodium makes you retain water, which puffs-up your midsection. The Center for Disease Control reports that most Americans ingest twice as much sodium as what’s recommended daily. Start checking the labels on pre-packaged foods for excess sodium. And ban the salt shaker from your dinner table.

  • Eat Potassium-Rich Foods – Eat extra produce, specifically bananas and potatoes, to add more potassium to your diet. This balances the sodium in your body, which is a likely culprit of extra bloat. Adding extra potassium into your diet helps to flush out the excess sodium and reduce puffiness. Just be sure to get your potassium from foods, since potassium supplements have been linked to abnormal heart rhythms.

  • Go Probiotic – Probiotics, found primarily in yogurt, are good bacteria that get your intestines moving and your digestive system flowing. Keep your sugar intake low by choosing a plain yogurt, then add your own fresh fruit for flavor.

  • Raid the Spice Cabinet – You may have a few spices or additives on hand in your kitchen cabinet that can help banish the bloat. Ginger, parsley, and peppermint have all been linked to healthier digestive systems and less belly bulge.

  • Check Your Fluids – Liquids work in tandem with fiber to pull fluid into your lower intestinal area and ease constipation. You need at least eight glasses of liquids per day. Good choices include water, milk, juice, and tea. Avoid carbonated drinks, such as sodas, because the air distends your belly when it reaches your digestive system.

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

Posted: 9/1/2009 10:00:30 AM by Jazzercise | with 0 comments



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