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Avoid These Foods Before the Beach

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Jun 21, 2016
Avoid These Foods Before the Beach

If you’re heading to the beach this summer, it is important to keep a few things in mind. For instance, the types of food you consume before hitting the waves can have a major effect on your body in more ways than one. To beat the obnoxious belly bloat here are a few foods to avoid to look and feel your absolute best!

Eat This:

Probiotics- Incorporating probiotic-rich foods such as Greek yogurt, kimchi, and kefir into your diet is great not only for your digestive health but also in terms of regulating bowel movements.

Potassium- Upkeep your body’s potassium levels with the help of avocados, bananas, kiwis, and dates because these essentials prevent bloating and are the key elements to properly balance body fluids.

Fiber-Need a little help in battling the bulge? Including at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber into your daily regimen is the secret to help regulate blood glucose levels and improve digestion.

Avoid This:

Artificial Sweeteners- Instead of opting for artificial sweeteners like Splenda try opting for natural sugars, which have several long-lasting effects including controlling cravings and alleviating bloating. Artificial sweeteners contain a large amount of sucralose which is a substance that is 600 times sweeter than natural sugars. The sweetness of the sucralose chemical arouses the taste buds and creates intense cravings throughout the day’s entirety. 

Gum- Dietician Shira Lenchewski urges you to consider drinking water instead of chomping down on a piece of gum. The reasoning for this is that the swallowed air from chewing can become confined in the GI tract of your stomach which creates belly expansion and bloating.

High Carbs: Foods high in carbs such as pasta and bagels store excess fuel within the glycogen muscles. Every gram of glycogen is paired with “three grams of water, contributing to extra fluid retention,” says Lenchweski. Reducing your carb intake signals your body to complete one task: Combust the extra fuel that will knock out extra fluid.