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5 Foods to Beat the Bloat

What you eat can have a huge impact on your waistline, and not just because of the calories. If you have a problem with bloating, learn which foods and drinks can lead to a flatter belly and aid your digestive system.

Cures Bloat: Water

One of the best and cheapest solutions to helping you feel less bloated is sipping water, says Keri Gans, a registered dietitian and author of The Small Change Diet. People often feel bloated when they are constipated, Gans says, and water “keeps things moving.” It also helps to flush out excess bloat-inducing sodium.

Cures Bloat: Yogurt

The probiotics—or good bacteria—found in yogurt can do wonders for keeping your digestive system regular, and your belly flat. These probiotics are also great for reducing the excess gas that can build up in your stomach over time.

Cures Bloat: Watermelon

Fruits and veggies with a high-water content like watermelon, pineapple, tomatoes, and cucumbers help to flush out belly-bloating sodium and relieve constipation—just like drinking a glass of water.

Cures Bloat: Quinoa

Quinoa is rich in magnesium, which studies have shown can reduce bloating—especially when that bloating is PMS-related. Quinoa is also rich in bloat-beating potassium.

Cures Bloat: Bananas

Potassium has been shown to ease bloating by helping to regulate your body’s sodium levels. Bananas contain about 14 grams of sugar and unripe bananas are slightly better for you than ripe bananas. Gans also recommends avocados, pistachios and orange juice as potassium-rich alternatives.