9. Raw Kale
The kale craze continues on and for good reason. This superstar, leafy green is packed with vitamins, nutrients, and fiber to keep you feeling full and staying healthy. Unfortunately, kale is a cruciferous vegetable, which contains hard to break down fibers along with an indigestible sugar known as, raffinose. Brussels sprouts and broccoli are also well-known offenders of bloat and puffiness. Steaming or cooking the kale before eating can help reduce that bloated feeling without losing all the nutrients and vitamins. Steaming or cooking helps soften the fibers that make it hard to digest.
8. Drinking Through a Straw
Drinking through a straw may help you ingest your beverage in a timely and efficient manner. However, drinking through a straw force you to not only suck in the liquid but excess air as well. Even if you sip slowly, the excess air trapped in the top of the straw will be ingested, making it impossible to truly avoid swallowing extra air. Instead of sipping through a straw, drinking from the rim of a glass can prevent the ingestion of excess air. Even though it’s not as fun or easy, it’s worth it to drink from the glass than feel uncomfortable.
7. Packaged Foods
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Processed foods should be avoided for many reasons, but for the sake of this argument, they should be avoided because of their sodium content. Loved for their convenience, processed foods have taken over the shelves of grocery stores and home pantries everywhere. The high sodium content has been directly linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and other cardiovascular health issues. A bloated belly is a direct result of too much sodium. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips with your lunch, grab an apple, orange or banana. Your body will thank you.