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Nutrition Fact of the Week
Do you ever get that bloated feeling like your body is holding onto a lot of water? It can feel uncomfortable and make you just want to wear sweat pants all day. The cause may be from eating high-sodium foods. While we want to keep our sodium intake low on a daily basis there are the occasional times when we eat too much of it. These occasional times can happen when we eat processed foods, frozen meals, a cheat meal at a restaurant, or if we eat unhealthy foods at social events, since all of these are usually higher in sodium. When we feel bloated like this it can make it more challenging to get back on track with our healthy eating habits. This is why we want to get rid of the bloat as quickly as possible. The best way to help get rid of this bloat is by drinking more water and incorporating more potassium-rich foods into our diet.
Drink More Water
When you’re feeling bloated it is important to drink more water. The reason for this is because your body is retaining water in an attempt to dilute the excess sodium you have consumed. It may seem like an oxymoron to drink more water in this case. However, drinking more water will actually help to flush out the extra sodium which will improve the sodium balance.
Eating more potassium-rich foods when you are feeling bloated will help to push the sodium out of the cells, which can help to decrease your bloat. The potassium-rich foods will help to balance the sodium and potassium electrolytes in your body. Fruits and vegetables are usually the best sources of potassium. Ten great sources of potassium-rich foods include bananas, sweet potatoes, watermelon, spinach, avocados, apricots, beets, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, and cantaloupe.
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By: Amanda Shrake
Dietetics and Nutrition Student
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